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15  Von Graben coat of arms,   mented a benefice to assign a per-
                                      Beda-Weber-Gasse 4 – The em-  manent chaplain to the church. St
                                      blem of the influential von Graben   Michael’s is also the church where
                                      family. They were not high nobility,   the von Grabens and their relatives
                                      “only”  knights,  but  thanks  to  their   are buried. On the outer southern
                                      closeness to Count Leonhard of   side there is a two-part fresco de-
                                      Gorizia and their sophisticated life-  picting an inthroned Madonna and
                                      style, they were surrounded by a   a crucifixion scene, created around
                                      “feudal aura”. By the roadside, one   1300. The Baroque tower from
                                      can see the painted sundial with   1712/1715 has a delicate shape
                                      the coat of arms of the Rain and   and an onion dome. The impres-
                                      Sumereck families from the 17th   sive atmosphere of the main nave
                                      century.                   results from the rib vault’s eight-po-
                                                                 inted star/blossom ornaments in
                                        16  Birthplace of Beda Weber   connection with decorative pain-
                                      O.S.B., Beda-Weber-Gasse 6 –   tings (around 1520). The choir vault
                                      Born in 1798, Beda Weber was   was renewed in 1667.
                                      initially trained as a cobbler before
                                      being allowed to attend secondary   The main altar, with twisted co-
                                      school in Bozen/Bolzano. Then, he   lumns  and  sculptures  of  the  an-
                                      joined the Benedictine monaste-  gels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael,
                                      ry of Marienberg in Vinschgau. In   dates back to 1683. The side altars
                                      1824, he was ordained as a priest   from 1618 are Renaissance-styled.
                                      and taught at the secondary school   At the right-hand altar, a late Gothic
                                      of  Merano. Beda  Weber  studied   statue of the Virgin Mary (around
                                      many aspects of Tyrol and produ-  1515); at the left-hand one, a pain-
                                      ced numerous scientific publicati-  ting from 1641 of Saints Ursula and
                                      ons. He was rewarded for his work   Agnes by Johann Hofmann the Ol-
                                      when he was chosen as one of the   der from Lienz. The saints’ sculptu-
                                      first 12 members  of the Imperial   res at the side altars were made by
                                      Academy of Sciences in Vienna. In   the local sculptor Bartlmä Kletten-
                                      1848, he was elected into the Ger-  hammer (around 1660/1670). The
                                      man National Assembly in Frankfurt   busts on the altar tables are crea-
                                      am Main and, as a popular cleric,   tions by Johann Patterer (around
                                      he was made the city’s Catholic pa-  1750/1760).
                                      rish priest.
                                                                 The memorial plaque to Paul von
                                        17  Kirche St. Michael (St Micha-  Leubelfing,  depicting  the  Holy  Fa-
                                      el’s Church) – Originated as a Ro-  mily, was painted in 1578 by Andrä
                                      manesque construction in the latter   Peurweg from Lienz. The images
                                      half of the 13th century. Gothic-sty-  “Death of St Francis Xavier” and
                                      le renovation began in the mid- to   “Pentecost” are by Johann Waigin-
                                      late 15th century by the Gorizian   ger, also from Lienz.
                                      construction society. The choir and
                                      then the main nave, also incorpo-  The pulpit is adorned with portraits   The historical church reflected in the façade of the Arbeiterkammer (Chamber of Labour) building.
                                      rating the Romanesque walls, were   of the Evangelists and a statuette
                                      adapted  to  Gothic  style  by  Andrä   of Archangel Michael. The gallery
                                      and Bartlmä Viertaler from Innichen   shows the coat of arms of Lienz   as  a  dragonslayer.  Under  the  rich   collection of multiple worked sto-
                                      / San Candido between 1510 and   town judge Andrä von Graben, from   16th century grave sculpture, there   nes and inscription plaques under
                                      1531. The construction was most   1531, and a Marian image from the   is Virgil von Graben’s tombstone;   the stairs to the gallery remains a
                                      likely financed by the von Graben   late 16th century. A secco painting   those of other relatives are located   mystery to this day.
                                      family. In 1501, Virgil Graben imple-  depicts Baron Haimerand von Rain   in the choir and the main nave. The

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