The Craddle of Switzerland

Switzerland will be 729 years old as of 1 August 2020. Or is it not? On the first of August, Switzerland celebrates the alliance between the three Orte Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden. The document itself does not give an exact date, but speaks of the beginning of August of the year 1291. The first commemoration … Read more » “The Craddle of Switzerland”

Abbey Church of Payerne

After years of restoration, the abbey church of Payerne has been restored to its former glory. The church is one of the most important Romanesque buildings and monuments in Switzerland. Payerne also has a history dating back to the Romans and the coronations of the kings of the Burgundian Empire (888-1032). The main structure of … Read more » “Abbey Church of Payerne”

The Roman House 65 years Old

More than 65 years ago, René Clavel of Basel (1886-1969) had the idea of rebuilding a Roman house of the local urban elite in the Roman colony of Augusta Raurica, today’s Augst. In consultation with Professor Laur-Belart (1898-1972), who was responsible for the excavations at Augusta Raurica, he had a peristyle house built next to … Read more » “The Roman House 65 years Old”