Swiss Monasteries and St. Gall

The Abbey Library of the former Benedictine monastery of St. Gall is not only a museum and architectural beauty but also a professional library for the study of (medieval) manuscripts, history and life. The abbey was founded by the Irish monk Gallus (550-646) in 612. He erected a hermitage on this site. It was around … Read more » “Swiss Monasteries and St. Gall”

Architecture in the Jura

La Chaux-de-Fonds, the city of birth of Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris 1887 – 965) and Le Locle, centres of the Swiss watchmaking industry, cherish their rich heritage of city planning, Art Nouveau and Sapin architecture. It began after the devastating fires at the end of the eighteenth century and the rebuilding by the architect Charles-Henri … Read more » “Architecture in the Jura”

The Martigny amphitheatre

The amphitheatre in Martigny, one of the six Roman amphitheatres discovered on Swiss soil, belongs to the category of small buildings of spectacle. Archaeological excavations have been carried out without interruption since 1978. The amphitheatre was built at the beginning of the 2nd century AD,  the period of the rise of amphitheatres in the Roman … Read more » “The Martigny amphitheatre”