Schmied-, Raubergasse, Franziskanerplatz
The upper Schmiedgasse and Raubergasse are among the oldest streets of Graz, with townsteads at the core. The name of the Schmiedgasse comes from the blacksmiths who settled there in the 14th century. At the beginning of Raubergasse only the baroque old Joanneum (Lambrechterhof) remains, all other buildings date from from the 19th and 20th century.
The Franzikanerplatz, flowing around the Franciscan Church, spans from the Neutorgasse to the Neue-Welt-Gasse. The market stalls on the north side of the church, nestled between the church pillars, have been there since the 17th century. Since the square and the facades surrounding the square were restored in 1986, the square has grown to be a popular spot in Graz.
Formerly called the “veal quarter” – in the upper Neutorgasse - the name reminds of the butcher shops and meat market formerly located here. Listed Buildings and Monuments in this area are the Palais Kollonitsch (Schmiedgasse 21), Baroque house (Schmiedgasse 20), Townsteads (Schmiedgasse 17-19), Old Joanneum (Raubergasse 10-12), New Landesmuseum Joanneum (Kalchberggasse 4), Graz Kongress (Landhausgasse 10-12), St. Francis Church, monastery and square, former Neutorstraße.