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  Steyr and it's unique buildings
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Steyr is the ONLY town in Austria that I know, where the main square consists ONLY of gothic and Baroque houses...
Not a single modern house...
Click on my main-picture to get an idea of the great architecture.
In medieval times,STEYR was the only town in Austria that was alowed to produce scyths, knifes and other goods made from IRON.
About 50 Km from Steyr there is the so called "Erzberg" - a mountain consisting completely of iron.The only way to transport this iron through the mountainious landscape of Austria was the river "ENNS", that runs through STEYR and enters the Danube 40 Km later.
The iron was transported to Steyr by rafts, it was unloaded here and after the production of various goods, it left Steyr again to be transported into the whole world.
These facts made STEYR the wealthiest town in Austria at about 1500-1700 a.d. and the 2nd biggest town of Austria. Today Steyr is well known for the productions of Steyr-Mannlicher-rifles, for the production of all Diesel-engines for BMW-cars etc.

For more infos and pics of my Hometown - have a look on my Steyr-page !

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  • Updated Jun 5, 2006
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