History

The test Roman Empire and Romanization

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The Mosaics of Orbe-Boscéaz

The Villa is the largest estate in Roman Switzerland. The villa had exceptional dimensions, 230 x 90, and was organized around five courtyards, the two main ones being surrounded by colonnades. In this part there were also heated baths. Several rooms were decorated with mosaics on the floor. The surrounding wall of the villa had … Read more » “The Mosaics of Orbe-Boscéaz”

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The Roman road Neckar-Alb-Aare

The Roman road Neckar-Alb-Aare (Römerstrasse Neckar-Alb-Aare) connects the most important places of the former Roman province of Germania Superior. The approximately 400 km long road follows the course of the old Via Romana, which connected the Roman legionnaire’s camp Vindonissa (today Windisch in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland) with the settlement Grinario (now Köngen … Read more » “The Roman road Neckar-Alb-Aare”

The Middle Ages, Arts and State Building

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Waltensburg Church

The church in Waltensburg or Vuorz in Romansch was built in the 12th century, renovated and extended, including the extension of the choir arch and vaults, late-Gothic alterations and a new nave vault and gallery in 1711. The frescoes on the interior walls and on the exterior construction are from four periods. The oldest paintings … Read more » “Waltensburg Church”

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The Via Francigena in Switzerland

The origin of the Via Francigena which links Canterbury to Rome, crossing England, France, Switzerland and Italy, goes back to the old Roman road system when soldiers and merchants travelled from the South to the North of Europe and the other way around. The Via Francigena crosses the cantons of Vaud and the Valais and … Read more » “The Via Francigena in Switzerland”

The long nineteenth century 1815-1918

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The Queen in Switzerland

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s visit to Switzerland. The British Queen spent five weeks in Switzerland from 7 August to 9 September 1868. After the death of her husband Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1861, the queen had largely withdrawn from public life and could no longer escape her grief. She also … Read more » “The Queen in Switzerland”

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A beneficial Democracy

The Constitution of 1848 is still the political fundament of modern Switzerland. The Constitution, partly based on the American model, establishes the confederal status of the country, the cantons and communes, and the role played by the citizens. The last major revision of the Constitution took place in 1999. One of the most striking provisions … Read more » “A beneficial Democracy”

Multicultural and Cosmopolitan Switzerland

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A Roman Road without Borders.

The Roman road Neckar-Alb-Aare (Römerstrasse Neckar-Alb-Aare) connects the most important places of the former Roman province of Germania Superior. The approximately 400 km long road follows the course of the old Via Romana, which connected the Roman legionnaire’s camp Vindonissa (today Windisch in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland) with the settlement Grinario (now Köngen … Read more » “A Roman Road without Borders.”

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History of a Great Festival

The Fête des Vignerons (Unesco World Heritage) is a tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation since the 18th century in the canton of Vaud in a region that stretches from Pully to Lavey near Valais. It all started in the 17th century. Vevey, which is located on the main European trade … Read more » “History of a Great Festival”