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Mariazell is a small town, with about 2000 inhabitants,
in the north of Styria, amid a magic mountain world.
The formal foundation day of the town, on the 21st December 848, is annually celebrated.
This place is a centre of Central European spiritual lives,
and the most important pilgrimage site in Austria.
Numerous pilgrims from around the world come here annually,
to pray, but also, to admire the wonderful landscape.
The abundance of nature on Mariazell's borders is an attraction for many tourists.

The "Basilika"

The Basilica, founded in 1157,
is the main attraction and the heart of Mariazell.
The pilgrimage church is a beautiful construction, in Baroque style.
It holds a sacred statue of the Virgin.
The Gnadenstatue (statue of grace), is very old (13th century)
and attracts many believers to the site on weekend,
on 15 August (Assumption)
and 8 September (Mary's name day).

The "Hauptplatz", in centre of Mariazell

The main place, at the bottom of basilica, is the centre of the city.
Here, there are many purchase stores, restaurants, and hotels that are run down from wonderful nature.
Here, on the "Hauptplatz", are located often, many celebrations and festivities.
In summers, but also in the winter, the main place is full of tourists, who spend in Mariazell their vacation, or only a weekend.

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  • Pros:Mariazell is a place of the belief, the silence, and the recuperation.
  • Intro Updated Apr 9, 2006
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  • Diana75's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Mariazell este o destinatie la care visez de mult, dar sper ca visul sa mi se implineasca curand. Multumesc pentru detaliile interesante despre biserica si pozele superbe.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2006 at 1:37 PM

    The basilica with its ornate chapels and lovely interior is breathtaking! It's an awesome creation...

  • Jan 21, 2006 at 8:58 AM

    A great tip. It must have been nice to see the waterfall. Have a great weekend!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2005 at 1:19 PM

    fascinating page!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2005 at 8:52 AM

    Thanks for the great tips and pictures from this hidden Austrian gem! The little train still goes here too? Best from the west!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2005 at 1:12 PM

    an ineresting page & great pics ! Kameltheater sounds interesting !!

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