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The above is a picture that was captured of a tourists bus stopped on the zebra crossing at the Ring Street (Ringstraße) in front of the Marriott hotel in Vienna. The Bus driver asked the people waiting for crossing, to take a picture of the scene. The image was sent to the spokesman of the Federal Minister of Interior, Mag. Alexander Markovts asking for his comment.

The Ring Street is a circular road surrounding the Innere Stadt district of Vienna, Austria and is one of its main sights. Its architecture is typical of the eclectic, historicist style called Ringstraßenstil (Ringstraße Style) of the 1860s to 1890s.

The street was built to replace the city walls, which had been built during the 13th century and funded by the ransom payment derived from the release of Richard I of England, and reinforced as a consequence of the First Turkish Siege in 1529. The walls were surrounded by a glacis about 500m wide, where buildings and vegetation were prohibited. But by the late 18th century these fortifications had become obsolete. Under Emperor Joseph II, streets and walkways were built in the glacis, lit by lanterns and lined by trees.[2] Craftsmen built open-air workshops, and stalls were set up. But the Revolution of 1848 was required to trigger a more significant change. wikipedia.org.

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