Gold and Glory for Eternity

The cathedral of Basel, the Basler Münster, exists one thousand years in 2019. One of the most crucial moments of its history was the presence of the German Emperor Henry II (973-1024) and his wife Kunigunde (975-1040) on October 11th, 1019. They had financed its (re) construction and attended the consecration of the cathedral on … Read more » “Gold and Glory for Eternity”

Chillon Castle

The castle as it is today is the result of a series of additions, renovations and alterations around the Great Tower, which dates from the 11th century. The castle’s double identity, fortress and residence, and its oval structure are still intact, however. Although many medieval structures are nineteenth and twentieth centuries reconstructions, the castle still … Read more » “Chillon Castle”

Watchmaking and the City

From the beginning of the 18th century, the unique nature of the cities of Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds emerged and became entwined with the history of watchmaking. Both cities were the victims of fires (in 1794 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, in 1833 and 1844 in Le Locle), and their reconstruction was based on a consensus … Read more » “Watchmaking and the City”