Bruck an der Mur
|• Mayor||Bernd Rosenberger (SPÖ)|
|• Total||85.43 km2 (32.98 sq mi)|
|Elevation||468 m (1,535 ft)|
|• Density||190/km2 (480/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Bruck an der Mur is a city of some 13,500 people located in the district Bruck-Mürzzuschlag, in the Austrian state of Styria. It is located at the confluence of the Mur and Mürz Rivers. Its manufacturing includes metal products and paper. Bruck is located on the Graz to Vienna main line, and is an important regional rail junction.
The earliest surviving record of Bruck dates from the time of King Ludovicus II "Germanicus", when it was identified, in a record dated 20 November 860, as "ad pruccam", a manor of the archbishopric of Salzburg. The settlement then identified with this name was in the location currently occupied by the suburb now called "St. Ruprecht". The settlement then located at what is now the centre of Bruck is identified in the ninth century record as "muorica kimundi" (i.e. the mouth of the Mürz River).
The town was refounded in 1263 by King Otakar II of Bohemia, who was responsible for surrounding Bruck with its city walls. Bruck received its town privileges in 1277 from King Rudolph von Habsburg who in 1273 succeeded Otakar. Bruck an der Mur was an important medieval trade center specializing in iron work.
The Heiligen-Geist-Kapelle is a 15th-century Gothic chapel, which is of a unique design. The floor plan is an equilateral triangle in honor of the Trinity. This church was completely restored as much as possible to its original appearance, reopening in 2020.
In the centre, there is also the famous Kornmesser house, built in the Venetian style by Pankraz Kornmess in the 15th century. There is also the Iron Well with its famous lace-like dome.
The castle of Landskron burned down in the great fire of 1792. After that fire, just two of 166 houses were left standing.
Bruck an der Mur is twinned with:
- Ernest, Duke of Austria (1377–1424) member of the House of Habsburg, ruled over the Inner Austrian duchies of Styria, Carinthia and Carniola from 1406 until his death
- Rudolf Stöger-Steiner von Steinstätten (1861 in Pernegg an der Mur – 1921) Colonel-General in the Austro-Hungarian army
- Richard Kretz (1865–1920) pathologist, particularly liver cirrhosis
- Menci Clement Crnčić (1865–1930) Croatian painter, printmaker, teacher and museum director
- Edmund Hlawka (1916–2009) mathematician and number theorist
- Hanns Malissa (1920–2010) analytical chemist and environmental chemist
- Christian Anders (born 1945) singer, musician, composer and author.
- Eva Rueber-Staier (born 1951) actress, TV Host, model, beauty queen, won Miss World 1969
- Erwin Wurm (born 1954) artist, currently lives and works in Vienna and Limberg
- Werner S. Weiglhofer (1962–2003), theoretical electromagnetcist and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Glasgow
- Ille Gebeshuber (born 1969) physicist, specializes in nanophysics and biomimetics
- Elisabeth Görgl (born 1981) retired World Cup alpine ski racer
- Florian Neukart (born 1982) computer scientist and mathematician, specializes in quantum computing and artificial intelligence
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- "Heiligen Geist Kapelle Bruck an der Mur". zottmann.at (in German). 2021. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
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- "Werner S. Weiglhofer's research while affiliated with University of Glasgow and other places".