Coordinates: 47°4′N 15°26′E / 47.067°N 15.433°E
The Schlossberg (Castle Hill) with the Uhrturm (Clock Tower), the iconic landmark of Graz, from the Townhall
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| • Mayor||Siegfried Nagl (ÖVP)|
| • Total||127.56 km2 (49.25 sq mi)|
|Elevation||353 m (1,158 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
| • Total||280,200|
| • Density||2,200/km2 (5,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
| • Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal codes||A-801x, A-802x, A-803x, A-804x, A-805x|
|Area codes||+43 316|
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Official name||City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg|
|Criteria||Cultural: ii, iv|
|Inscription||1999 (23rd Session)|
Graz is a city in Austria and capital of Styria.
After Vienna, Graz has the second highest number of people living in the city. In 2014 the city and surrounding areas had 605,143 people. The city has six universities.
The oldest reference to Graz in historical documents is from 1128. In 1379 Graz became the capital of Inner Austria. (Inner Austria included Styria, Carinthia, Krain, Inner Istria and Trieste.) The Roman Empire used Graz as a stronghold to defend against enemies on the southeast. Two of the buildings created at that period (Glockenturm which is a clock tower, and Uhrturm which is a bell tower) have become landmarks of Graz.
The Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg is named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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