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The loyalty and courage of the Swiss

Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844, the Lion Monument, 1821. Photo: TES.

The Lion Monument was inaugurated on 10 August 1821, 29 years after the attack on the Tuilerien. One of the few surviving guardsmen was Carl Pfyffer von Altishofen, an officer in the Swiss Guard Regiment of King Louis XVI. On August 10, 1792 he was on leaf in Switzerland, otherwise he had shared the fate … Read more » “The loyalty and courage of the Swiss”

The Queen in Switzerland

The exhibition about the Queen´s Visit. Photo: Historical Museum Luzern

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 After the death of her husband Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1861, the queen had largely withdrawn from public life and could no longer escape her grief.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”

Polish-Swiss Friendship

Karl Gottlieb Schweikart 1772-1855,Tadeusz Kosciuszko, c. 1802. Photo: Wikipedia. National Museum Warsaw.

Tadeusz Kosciuszko was born as son of a Polish aristocratic family in 1746, in a town now part of the Republic of Belarus. He took on a career as an army officer first in Warsaw (1765-1769) and afterwards in France (1769-1774), where he acquired his expertise as a military engineer in building military fortifications. He … Read more » “Polish-Swiss Friendship”