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AEIOU, Burg, Graz, Austria

AEIOU, Burg, Graz, Austria

These cryptic vowels began popping up on Austrian public buildings during the reign of Frederick III (1440-1493). Frederick never explained why he chose this monogram, which has led to conspiracy theories worthy of Dan Brown. Scholars have suggested: Austria est imperio optime unita (“Austria is the empire best united”). Austria

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Evening, Dom, Graz, Austria

Evening, Dom, Graz, Austria

Graz’s cathedral stands on the shadow of a 12th century Romanesque church dedicated to St. Ägydius (St. Giles). 300 years later, in 1438, the long-lived Frederick III decided to use the site for his parish church. Frederick’s castle – the Burg – and his mysterious imprimatur are right across the street.

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