Friday, 2 July 2010

Zeughaus Museum: The World's Most Extensive Collection of Historical Weaponry

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Graz is the capital of the state of Styria and for centuries was a key military base possessed by the Hapsburgs from the 14th century onwards. The Graz Zeughaus (provincial armory) contains one of the most extensive collections of historical weaponry. A record of the area's rich military heritage. The armory is situated in Old Town, a location added to the World Heritage List in 1999.



The town of Graz acted as a base against attacks from the Ottoman Turks, and later against several incursions by Napoleon. Constructed around the 17th century, the armory housed the region's weaponry. In the 18th century, however, Empress Maria Theresa desired to close the Graz Zeughaus. The locals rallied against this decision, desiring a monument to the military achievements and the skilled metal workers and craftsmen who produced the weapons.


The Graz Zeughaus Museum holds the collection of weaponry, housed in the original building, which is five stories high, 26 feet wide, and 164 feet long. The historical weapons amount to 30,000 pieces and include guns, pistols, helmets, staffs, and swords. Most notable are the suits of armor made for the nobles and a complete set of armor for a horse.

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The facade of the building includes sculptures of Minerva and Mars, god and goddess of warriors and war. Upon visiting the museum, you will find an extensive historical background on the armory on the ground floors. The largest collection of weaponry is on the upper levels in wood paneled rooms.

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Welt aus Eisen: Waffen und Rüstungen aus dem Zeughaus in Graz (Edition Joanneum) (German Edition)Global Treasures GRAZ Austria

 

5 comments:

Richard Wing said...
3 July 2010 at 04:54  

Wow. I would love to visit this museum. I would be interested in the weapons from centuries ago and the image of the interior looks very cool. Definitely great post. Very attractive to the many who are interested in weaponry and a great region to visit.

Kate Smedley said...
3 July 2010 at 09:46  

My dad would love to see this place, I'd never heard of it. Great information thanks Lauren.

jo oliver said...
3 July 2010 at 21:28  

I really do not see how people actually used historical weapons. I mean just the weight of the armor alone must have made moving cumbersome and a tiring experience. Fascinating place, but I am glad weapons have advanced:)

The Ancient Digger said...
4 July 2010 at 18:00  

@Richard

Just the building alone is amazing to me. Add the 30,000 weapons and you have a full day of history ahead of you.

@Kate

I had never heard of it either. Amazing what sorts of places you find when you're not looking.

@Jo

I haven't a clue why they chose to fight in these getup's. I mean, you couldn't even swing your arms. However, can you imagine the muscle tone these men must have had? Wow!

caloy said...
18 July 2010 at 04:38  

hello.. visiting u here..

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