Graz Clock Tower

Clock Tower – Graz, Austria

The 16th century ‘Uhrturm’, or clock tower, is only one of two features which still exist from the destruction of the city’s defences following the Treaty of Vienna. Napoleon’s armies were paid 2,987 florins and 11 farthings to prevent the tower from being destroyed during the 1809 French invasion. Strangely the large hand is the hour hand; the minute hand being added much later. Dating from around 1560, the 28m high clock tower is the emblem of the city of Graz.