Another part of the Landesmuseum Joanneum is the Baroque Schloss Eggenberg, 4km west of the city centre, (tram #1 from the station). Designed in imitation of the Escorial for Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg (1568–1634), chief minister to Ferdinand II, the Schloss houses on one floor the Alte Galerie , whose intelligently curated collection includes thirteenth-century devotional works, and a macabre Triumph of Death by Jan Bruegel. The palace rooms can only be visited by guided tour; they were designed as an allegory of the universe (24 rooms, 365 windows on the outside, four towers and so on); the highlight is the “Room of the Planets”, a great hall with an elaborate ceiling and wall paintings depicting the zodiac, and also the three Asian rooms, in particular the one decorated with rare Japanese panels from Osaka.

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