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Judenburg

This town at the fork of a road is an old mercantile centre that took its name from the Juden, or Jews, who once lived and traded here. When Emperor Maximilian expelled the Jews in 1496, the town went into decline. Not much remains of the medieval Jewish quarters, but it is worth visiting Nikolauskirche, the church of St Nicholas. The only original feature is the presbytery. Rebuilt in 1673 in the Baroque style, the church was subsequently given a Neo-Renaissance facelift during the Neo-Classicist period. Inside are statues of the 12 apostles by the local artist Balthasar Brandstatter. One of the side altars contains a small wooden statue of the Madonna and Child, dating from 1500. The Magdalenenkirche, church of St Mary Magdalene, features lovingly restored Gothic stained-glass windows. Judenburg also has a town museum devoted mainly to the region’s history and art. Environs: East of the town, on the ledge of a rock, stand the ruins of an old Liechtenstein castle that was once accessible only by step ladder. In the environs of Judenburg are some of the most interesting archaeological sites dating from prehistoric times. The famous chariot that is now displayed in the Joanneum museum in Eggenberg castle in Graz was unearthed in nearby Strettweg.

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