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Swiss Bishoprics and their Cultural Heritage

In the centuries between the (slow) dissolution of the Roman Empire (5th century) and the rise of the great Monarchies and dynasties (10-12th centuries), the Church and the bishop were the most dominant social, economic and political institutions with secular power. The diocese is the new sovereignty based on an ecclesiastical (diocese) territory, and it … Read more » “Swiss Bishoprics and their Cultural Heritage”

Forgotten Kingdoms

One of the most exciting but forgotten kingdoms of Switzerland existed from 888 to 1032, the kingdom of Burgundy, not to be confused with its predecessor of 443-534. The origin of the Germanic tribe of Burgundy is the (Danish) island of Bornholm. The Burgunds The Burgunds This tribe descended south in a process of centuries. … Read more » “Forgotten Kingdoms”

Romanesque Art

The area of present-day Switzerland was from the 11th to the 14th centuries not a political unity. Several dynasties (o.a. Habsburg, Kyburg, Zähringen, Savoye, Swaben), small local rulers, the German emperor and powerful abbots and bishops (Geneva, Sion, Lausanne, Chur, Basel, and Constance) ruled over smaller or larger areas. These areas lay on the edge … Read more » “Romanesque Art”