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Yes, it is postcard, and symmetrical shot. But what would be the sense to be creative when there are no photos of this splendid castle on TE?
I went a few times near Graz some years ago but I didn't visit it then. After seeing some Serghei's photos from Graz on TE I felt inspired and decided to go for a one day trip from Vienna. My main goal was to see Murinsel and Museum of Art, both very strange modern structures, but there are many other beautiful places around.

This is the view of Castle Eggenberg. It is wonderful example of baroque Austrian architecture and the interior rooms are magnificent, one of the most beautiful I have seen. Only guided tours are possible to see interiors, so before going there, check the hours of sightseeing. I haven't done this, it was just pure luck that I came in right time. The tours are in German and English, I joined small group in German.

Schloss Eggenberg relies on the Gregorian calendar as a basis for constructed universe. The palace has 365 exterior windows, one for each day of the year. Of these, 52 are on the 24 rooms of the piano nobile representing the weeks of one year. The 2nd storey contains these 24 state rooms in a ring-shaped arrangement which symbolize the hours in a single day. Every floor in the building bares exactly 31 rooms counting the maximum number of days in a calendar month. The 52 windows of the piano nobile with the 8 windows of the Planetary Room make a total of 60, representing both the number of seconds in a minute and the minutes in an hour.

The palace is erected on a rectangular plan with the geometrical center being formed by the middle tower with its Gothic chapel. On each corner there is a tower-like rise. Each of these corner-towers represents one of the four seasons and the outside corner of each is aimed exactly in a cardinal direction.

Unesco Heritage Site.

I hoped to meet Wofgang (fritzi) there. It was not possible, so I dedicate this photo for him.



Big photo in beta

Slightly different view.

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