Local History

St. John Monastery, 8th century, Müstair. Photo: TES.

The Cultural Heritage of Graubünden

The Canton of Graubünden (Grisons) is well known for the beauty of the landscape and the rich cultural heritage. The region has been a European cross road for more than two thousand years, connecting southern and northern Europe. Graubünden is also the place of birth of famous rivers. Romans, Celts, Franks, Alemanni, Tirolians, Romansh people, Swabians, popes, emperors, kings, monks, traders, pilgrims or diplomats, they all crossed and lived in this region or (formally) ruled over the stubborn mountainous peoples.

The cultural heritage is visible everywhere on the mountain- and hillsides and in villages and towns. Many (Carolingian, Romanesque and Gothic) monasteries, chapels and churches and their sometimes well-kept murals and fresco´s. Disentis, Pfäfers, Müstair, Breil, Tarasp, Chur, Waltensburg, Bonaduz, Davos, Domat, Felsberg, Guarda, Hinterrhein, Igis, Ilanz, Klosters, Laax, Zilis, Maienfeld, Mesocco, Pontresina, Poschiavo, Rhäzuns, St. Moritz, Sarn, Scuol, Sils, Splügen, Stampa, Valendas or Zuoz is just a selection of places with a rich heritage.

The Raetian museum in Chur (Rhätisches Museum Chur) has published an overview of almost 2 000 paintings, drawings and other depictions by mainly Swiss, German and British artists. The overview covers more than four centuries depictions of the region, from 1525 to 1880. This document also shows the changes or even disappearance of monuments. It is a voyage through four centuries of culture in Graubünden. (B. Weber, Graubünden in alten Ansichten, Chur 2002).