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Coat of Arms

Coat of arms of Fuschl am See

Coat of arms of Fuschl am See, Austria

The coat of arms of the Fuschl am See displays two trees and a fish. The place in the Austrian region of Flachau is known for a lake which provided the court of the Archbishops in Salzburg with fresh fish. This pic was taken on board of a Zille, a special type of boat, which is in operation on this lake.

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Sundials Universities

Sundial in Salzburg

Sundial at the old university of Salzburg

This fresco with a sundial is located on a wall of the old university at the Max-Reinhard-Platz. It was created by Georg Jung (1899-1957). The depictions refer to the four faculties of that university which was founded by Prince Archbishop Paris von Lodron in 1622.

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Public Clocks

Public clock in Salzburg

Public clock next to the Franciscan monasery in Salzburg, Austria

This public clock, reflected in a simple window, is located on top of a walk way connecting the Franciscan monastery with the Franciscan church in Salzburg.

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Museums

Schell Collection in Graz

Renaissance figurine at the Schell Collection

At the Schell Collection, also known as Museum of Keys (Schlüsselmuseum), you can learn a lot about keys, locks, chests and jewellery boxes. Another focus is on decorative ironwork used for house signs, grave crosses, windows and doors.

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Pharmacies Signs

Pharmacy house sign in Knittelfeld

Two lions in a pharmacy house sign

This house sign was created by two Italian migrant workers and renewed in 1957 by Alfred Kala. You can see it at the town pharmacy in Knittelfeld. I love the combination of lions with a mortar and pestle. The lions look a bit weird anyway. The lions, however, do not look particularly trustworthy for their job as a pharmacist.

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Railways

Talent 2 at railway station Halle (Saale)

Talent 2 at the railway station of Halle (Saale), Germany

The Talent 2 is a multiple unit railcar manufactured by Bombardier Transportation. The first trains were produced in 2008. The design of the cab ends made German people to call this type of train Hamsterbacke (hamster cheek). The depicted train is run by the S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland.

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Castles

Giebichenstein Castle in Halle (Saale)

Giebichenstein Castle in Halle (Saale), Germany

Giebichenstein Castle (Burg Giebichenstein) is part of the Romanesque Road (Strasse der Romanik). Today it is used by the Kunsthochschule Halle (Academy of Arts). Being a Burgward in the 9th century, the castle became a royal residence of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor.

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Museums

Handel House in Halle (Saale)

Room 'Under the Sun of Arcadia' in the Handel House of Halle (Saale), Germany

“Under the Sun of Arcadia” – one of several rooms at the Handel House (Händelhaus) in Halle. The magical atmosphere of the room refers to the idea that George Frideric Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel) wrote many of his compositions under an arbour in Italy.

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Fountains Sculptures

Donkey fountain in Halle (Saale)

Donkey foutain on the Old Market in Halle (Saale), Germany

The Donkey Fountain (Eselsbrunnen) on the Old Market (Alter Markt) in Halle (Saale) was built in 1913. The bronze sculpture was created by the sculptor Heinrich Keiling. The man who walks with a donkey over a rug of roses refers to an old legend.

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Libraries

Library of the Francke Foundations in Halle (Saale)

Library of the Francke Foundation in Halle (Saale)

The library was founded at the beginning of the 18th century by August Hermann Francke for the teachers and pupils at the schools of the Francke Foundations. The edifice built in the years 1726-1728 is regarded as Germany’s oldest surviving secular library building.

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Museums

Cabinet of curiosities at the Francke Foundations

Crocodile at the cabinet of curiosities in Halle (Saale)

The cabinet of art and natural history (Kunst- und Naturalienkammer) was created by August Hermann Francke in 1698. Today this collection is regarded as the only fully preserved cabinet of curiosities dating from the Baroque age.

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Churches

Cathedral of Halle (Saale)

Cathedral of Halle in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

In the beginning the later cathedral of Halle was a church built by the Dominican. Traditionally churches of a medicant order don’t have a tower. The lovely gables were added by Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg. Today is is just a church again but people of Halle still call the edifice a Dom (cathedral).