Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

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Kapellbrücke, Lucerne, Switzerland

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swisseagle swisseag…
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Nov 14, 2007
This is the well known landmark of Lucerne: the Chapel Bridge (also known as "the tower and the bridge".

Constructed in first half of the 14th century as a part of the city's fortifications and named after St. Peter's Chapel, which is located nearby.

The paintings that were added in the 17th century illustrate scenes of Swiss and local history, including the biographies of the city's patron saints, St. Leodegar and St. Maurice.

It's absolutely easy to visit..because it's in the center of lucerne.. it's harder not to visit it, than to make the walk over the bridge :-)
side "old town"
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Tinktinkie Tinktink…
32 reviews
Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge Apr 07, 2004
Chapel bridge is probably one of the most famous land marks in Switzerland. When I first saw it I went "Wow"! What a beautiful bridge!

The bridge is 204m long and it stretches over the Reuss River. It was built in 1333 and it was designed to help protect the city from attacks. It is also the oldest bridge in Europe and a major tourist attraction.

Adjoining the bridge is a Water Tower which is built in an octagonal shape. It is hard to believe that this peaceful tower was once used as a torture chamber and prison.

The inside of the wooden bridge is very interesting. I almost ended up with a stiff neck as I was looking up all the time to see the paintings. While you are walking you will see paintings that are dating back to the 17th century detailing events from Lucerne's history.

A fire in 1993 destroyed much of the bridge but it was rebuilt. I did not know it at the time but most of the paintings were lost and it was replaced in 2003. Luckily by the time I got to see it it was all perfect.

I will always remember this bridge fondly because it made such an impression on me. Whenever I see a photograph of it, I smile and think to myself "What a beautiful bridge!"
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annikmi says:
It looks nice!
Posted on: Nov 14, 2010

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