Snow globes in Mariazell

Snow globes, a typical souvenir of Mariazell, Austria

A typical souvenir of Mariazell is a snow globe featuring a miniature of the basilica. More than 100 years ago a producer of surgical instruments in Vienna named Erwin Perzy tried to develop an extra bright lightsource for use as a surgical lamp. As a side effect he figured out a new method to produce snow globes and actually the first piece used in these globes was a model of the basilica.