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This fully pedestrianized street, running through a bustling part of the city centre, is one of the most fashionable shopping areas in Vienna, full to bursting with lively restaurants and caf?s. There are two identical fountains in the square, St Joseph Fountain on the northwestern side and St Leopold Fountain on the southeastern side. In the centre of the square stands the Baroque Pestsaule (Plague Column), also known as the Dreifaltigkeitssaule (Trinity Column), which the Emperor Leopold had erected after the end of the plague that decimated the town in 1687—93. It depicts the Holy Trinity, with a statue of the praying emperor at the top. A carved group, entitled Faith Conquers the Plague, adorns the southern side of the column. A short distance from here, towards Stephansplatz, stands a modest statue of St John Nepomuk, which is a favourite spot with buskers. The modern Haas Haus on Graben, at Stephansplatz, was built in 1985—90 on the site of older buildings destroyed during a bombing raid. Made from glass and aluminium, it is the most controversial building at the heart of the city. Its windows beautifully reflect the cathedral towers. The top floor is a caf?-restaurant, from where you get a great view over Vienna. One of the original Baroque structures is the Bartolotti Palace, at the corner of Dorotheergasse. Next to it is a popular Trzesniewski Sandwich Buffet. Further along Dorotheergasse, at 1, is the Jewish Museum (Judisches Museum), which moved into the former Eskeles Palace from the old synagogue. The museum chronicles the history of Jews in Vienna. Otto Wagner, an outstanding architect of the Viennese Secession, had his studio at Graben No.10; in the 1980s, the house belonged to the eccentric Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

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