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Church of the Franciscans (Franziskanerkirche), Graz
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The Franciscan Church and Franciscan Monastery are a church and associated monastery in the centre of the city of Graz, Austria. The monastery was founded by the Franciscan order, who still own it, and is first mentioned in 1239.In the church, a high but narrow 14th-century chancel contrasts with the comparatively low and wide nave. The chancel was gutted by a bomb in World War II, and subsequently rebuilt with a new contemporary interior. The stained glass windows bathe the church in light, whilst the chancel is dominated by a grey cast iron crucifix that seems to hover. The organ was installed by the Potsdam based Schuke company in 2004.The original Gothic cloisters of the monastery enclose a monastery garden, and are open to the public. The walls of the cloister are lined with the names, professions and life data of the distinguished burghers and noblemen who were buried in this place between the 15th and the 18th centuries. On the first floor of the monastery, with windows looking into the chancel of the church, is the oratory, where the friars meet for their holy offices.The high tower, one of the more prominent Graz landmarks, is unusual for a Franciscan establishment. It owes its existence to the church's strategic location next to the city walls, and was built as a fortified tower by the city authorities in the 17th century.
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  • worth knowing the location because of its history, tradition and architecture. is a church from the 12th century and has a huge tower that can be seen in the distance.
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  • The Franciscan church is one of the most beautiful churches in Graz. The Interior of the Church boasts simplicity and invites to rest. Also the beautiful cloister is a place of silence and relaxation. The whole Church is beautifully renovated and decorated with booth.
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  • So I was walking the streets when raining has been asked by shelter. Going into the Church, attitude pins and high ceilings. So no one was very quiet and the other slowly and watch altar and stained-glass Windows. It was very beautiful and light rain stopped becoming a stained-glass window on the left and right. Stop by the right.
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