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10  “Altes Spital” (“Old Hospital”)   was changed multiple times. In
                                      and church – Founded as a welfare   the 18th century, the church was
                                      institution in the late 13th century,   converted to Baroque style while
                                      it had nothing in common with a   incorporating the Gothic walls. The
                                      hospital in the current sense, but   Spitalskirche in Lienz was conside-
                                      was more like a retirement home.   red one of the most architecturally
                                      One could move in for a fee in the   consistent Baroque churches of
                                      form of money or material goods.   Tyrol until it was severely damaged
                                      However, penniless inhabitants of   during an Allied attack in April of
                                      Lienz were also taken in and cared   1945. Reconstructed from 1952 to
                                      for. Only in the first half of the 19th   1957. The church, no longer con-
                                      century the facility began to deve-  secrated, is now used for events
                                      lop into a hospital in the modern   and exhibits.
                                      sense, although the difference bet-
                                      ween patients and “tenants” remai-    11  Old town wall and tower – As
                                      ned. In this sense, the “Old Hospi-  was the norm in those days, the
                                      tal” fulfilled its function up until the   hospital was built outside of the
                                      construction  of  the new  district   city proper – in this case, the main
                                      hospital in 1931. Today, after a suc-  square – and was only included in
                                      cessful renovation by the architect   the town after the expansion of the
                                      Dieter Tuscher, the building houses   walls around 1500. The northe-           Spitalsbrücke (Hospital Bridge) with the “Spitalskirche” (“Hospital Church”).
                                      the  Bundes-Oberstufenrealgym-  astern corner of the wall and the
                                      nasium, a type of school covering   roundel, converted into a tower in     12  Spitalsbrücke (Hospital Bridge) –     13  Restaurant and hotel “Gol-
                                      the second stage of secondary   1952, remain visible.               Iron truss structure, built in 1897   dener Fisch” (“Golden Fish”),
                                      education. The entire construction                                  and renovated from 1989 to 1991.   Kärntnerstraße 9 – The tradition
                                                                                                          A sculpture of a dove by local ar-  of the oldest accommodation and
                                                                                                          tist Jos Pirkner adorns this bridge   food business in Lienz goes back
                                      Old town wall and tower.
                                                                                                          across the Isel.           to the 15th century.

                                                                                                             Grand Hotel Lienz – Lienz being the site of a five-star grand hotel
                                                                                                             shows that the town and its surroundings are an adequate location
                                                                                                             for a luxury resort. Located right beside the Isel river, the stylish
                                                                                                             hotel offers spa facilities, luxury rooms and suites, and the best
                                                                                                             restaurants and conference rooms.

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