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Leoben

Leoben, Styria’s second largest town, is an industrial and academic centre. Beautiful mansion houses line Hauptplatz (main square), and the adjacent streets bear witness to the town’s early wealth derived from the local iron deposits. There is a lovely old town hall with coats of arms, and the Hacklhaus has a glittering red fa?ade. Also worth seeing in the old town is the Pfarrkirche St. Xaver, the church of St. Xaver, built in the 17th century by the Jesuits, with its beautiful Baroque main altar and a Romanesque crucifix on the south wall. On the other side of the bridge across the Mur river stands the Gothic church of Maria am Waasen, with original stained-glass windows in the presbytery. On the southern outskirts, in the district of Goss, stands Styria’s first Benedictine Abbey, built around 1000 by Archbishop Aribo. It is mainly 16th-century with some earlier elements. The church’s main nave is a monument to Styria’s late-Gothic architecture. Other original features include 14th-century frescoes in the presbytery and an 11th-century, early-Romanesque crypt. Austria’s most famous brewery, Gosser, a short way from the abbey, is also open to the public. In the city centre, at Kirchgasse, is a museum of fine arts.

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