Salzburg Photos: Sun Dial

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Sun dial in Salzburg's Old Town

A sgrafitto sun dial painted to the outside of a tower at Rudolfskai. Most of the city walls in this area were demolished in the late 19th century to accommodate the increasing traffic in Salzburg. This gate has survived and is now inhabited. It can be seen between Mozartplatz and Mozartsteg. Most of Salzburg's city walls, locks, gates and other fortifications date back to the 17th century, when the 30-Years-War led to serious worries that the city might get looted. Prince Archbishop Paris Lodron increased taxes and used the additional revenue to fortify Salzburg like probably no other city in Central Europe. The gates and walls along today's Rudolfskai (a nightlife, bar and party mile in Salzburg) served to secure the city centre towards the Salzach River. The river was key to the wealth of Salzburg, since it was the main traffic route for salt trade.

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