Pinsteps. The "Anchor Clock"
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Here, on the oldest square in Vienna, in close proximity to the location of the headquarters (Praetorium) of the Roman settlement of Vindobona (Vienna), the insurance company "The Anchor," founded in 1858, built its headquarters - the Anchor House, between 1912 and 1914. Along with it came the "Anchor Clocks." Renowned artists were involved in their creation. The clocks not only tell the time but also entertain the public and educate by showcasing important dates in Austrian history and featuring historical figures. There is a key on the wall to identify each person. I) Emperor Marcus Aurelius; II) Charlemagne; III) Duke Leopold VI; IV) Walter von der Vogelweide (minstrel); V) King Rudolf von Habsburg; VI) Hans Puchsbaum (architect and builder); VII) Emperor Maximilian I; VIII) Mayor Andreas von Liebenburg; IX) Count Rudiger von Starhemberg; X) Prince Eugene of Savoy; XI) Empress Maria Theresa; XII) Joseph Haydn (composer). The first ten are accompanied by an Austrian folk melody, but Empress Maria Theresa is accompanied by a Mozart minuet, and Haydn is accompanied by one of his own pieces.

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A leisurely stroll through the historic part of the city unfolds a tapestry of enchanting landmarks. The city park, adorned with the melodies of Strauss and Schubert, leads to the venerable city gates named after Luger and Mozart. The narrative of "Ah, My Sweet Augustine" echoes through time, while the oldest church in the city stands as a testament to bygone eras. The tales of Theodor Herzl, the anchor clocks, the Jewish quarter, the square where it all began, the longest narrow alley, the Estergazi restaurant, and Andersen's house weave together seamlessly.

Wander down Graben Street, passing by the plague column and fountains, where the stories of homes, people, words, legends, and traditions blend harmoniously. Amidst it all, relish the charm of restaurants, cafes, wines, and coziness that add an extra layer of warmth to this rich tapestry of history and culture.

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