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The name of the city originates from the Slav word “gradetz” or “gradec” meaning “castle” and referring to the fortress which was built on the site of today’s Graz in the 12th century. In 1480 Graz was devastated by the Turks. About the middle of the 15th century Graz was temporarily the residential capital of Emperor Friedrich III, who ruled Inner Austria. The city owes a lot to its great supporter, Archduke Johann (1782-1859); he founded the Technical High School and the large provincial museum, the Landesmuseum Joanneum.

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