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London, England, United Kingdom
November 19, 2012
From journal Beautifull Switzerland
August 23, 2005
From journal Lucerne Mythological
Mont Albert North, undefined, Australia
November 13, 2004
From journal Lucerne - Gadgets & Cuckoo Clocks!
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
October 11, 2004
From journal Wordsworth's Lucerne
La Grange, Illinois
October 7, 2004
Spanning the Reuss River diagonally from St. Peter's Chapel to the Water Tower, the Chapel Bridge is prized for its history, as well as the 120 triangular paintings on the wooden ceiling. This bridge was built early in the 14th century and was an integral part of medieval Luzern life. In the 17th century, the paintings that adorn the ceiling were added. These richly detailed works depict Swiss history and include such famous events at William Tell shooting the apple.
As you walk the bridge, you'll notice quite clearly the difference between the newly built section and the little-remaining older section. An unfortunate fire burned a good portion of this historical masterpiece in the early 1990s. Fortunately, though, the restoration is true to the original. Note that the paintings are copies; the originals, a national treasure, are safely stored.
Be sure to stop at the Water Tower connected to the bridge. Throughout history it has been used for many things, from a jail to a torture chamber, to a souvenir shop.
So take some time, walk the bridge slowly, head tilted upward, and absorb some Swiss history, depicted on the triangular paintings above your head. Be sure to get a photo from the riverside, with the cascading flowers on the sides in all their glory.
From journal Classic, quaint Lucerne
Port Orange, Florida
April 16, 2004
This isn't Disney or a huge cathedral, but, like the rest of Lucerne, the quiet elegance of the bridge just makes it worth the time.
From journal Lucerne -- peaceful and beautiful
August 24, 2003
From journal Lovely Lucerne
New York, New York
November 2, 2000
From journal Lake Lucerne