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The largest preserved historical armoury in the world is one of the most popular sights in Graz and is a reminder of a conflict-ridden chapter in Styrian history. The provincial arsenal was built during a turbulent period: from the 15th to the 18th century, Styria had to fend off several raids by the Ottoman Empire and Hungarian rebels. The arsenal, built between 1642 and 1644, served as an "equipment center" for simple foot and cavalry soldiers for around 100 years. Today it is both a monument and a museum: around 32,000 pieces of war equipment are on display in the Styrian Armoury (german: Landeszeughaus).

 

[Translate to English:] Fassade Landeszeughaus

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Images

Head of Department Cultural History

Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek

Facade Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Fassade Landeszeughaus

Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Fassade Landeszeughaus

Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Fassade Landeszeughaus

Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Fassade Landeszeughaus

Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Fassade Landeszeughaus

Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Fassade Landeszeughaus

Cannon hall at the Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

Cannon hall at the Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

Cannon hall at the Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

Cannon hall at the Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Landeszeughaus Fassade

Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Landeszeughaus Fassade

Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Landeszeughaus Fassade

Sytrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Landeszeughaus Fassade

Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Landeszeughaus Fassade

Sytrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Landeszeughaus Fassade

Styrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Landeszeughaus Fassade

Landeszeughaus

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

Landeszeughaus Fassade

Sytrian Armoury

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

[Translate to English:] Landeszeughaus Fassade

Elevator

Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

About the Styrian Armoury

The Styrian Armoury is an institution of the Styrian estates for the protection of the country that dates back to the 16th century. It had the task of procuring and keeping ready the weapons for the Styrian provincial contingent and the military frontier. The five-storey building erected in Herrengasse in Graz from 1642 provided the necessary storage space. In contrast to most other arsenals in Europe, the one in Graz was spared from dissolution. Only the guns were lost during the French wars.

Collection of weapons and military equipment

With its 32,000 weapons and military equipment from the 15th to the 18th century, which are still stored in an armory, the Styrian Armoury is a special historical feature. The city of Graz is home to the world's largest collection of these objects in their original environment. Although it has been part of the Landesmuseum Joanneum since 1892, no attempt has ever been made to museumize this monument. This is why you can study and experience the storage method and atmosphere of an authentic arsenal here. The friend of historical weapons will also find a number of interesting special forms that owe their origin to the special situation of the Turkish wars.

The collections of the Styrian Armoury have grown over the course of three centuries and can essentially be traced back to the various purchases of war material to equip the country's troops. These were produced in local workshops as well as purchased from the major German armories in Augsburg, Nuremberg and Suhl. A considerable proportion of the firearms came from Ferlach in Carinthia.

Tours, workshops, theme days

The various areas of the Styrian Armoury such as defensive weapons, firearms, edged weapons, polearms and artillery are explained to our visitors during daily guided tours as well as special workshops and themed tours for children and adults in various languages.