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The Via Francigena in Switzerland

Aigle. Photo/Foto: TES.

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”

Medieval Avenches

Avenches. Photo/Foto: TES.

Since its foundation by the Romans in 15 BC, Aventicum, today Avenches, was the capital of the tribe of Helvetii. Today it is one of the most important Roman archaeological sites of Switzerland, although only a quarter of the Roman city has been excavated and is visible. The amphitheatre, the Grange des Dimes temple, the … Read more » “Medieval Avenches”

The Holy Roman Empire and the Swiss Confederation

Tarasp, Habsburg possesion in Switzerland until 1803. Tarasp, habsburgischer Besitz in der Schweiz bis 1803. Photo/foto: TES.

In a previous contribution, the process of the sovereignty of the present Swiss Confederation has been discussed. Schwyz, Glarus, Uri and Unterwalden did not have the status of city or Reichstadt, but in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries managed to enforce de facto independence and far-reaching legal autonomy from their formal lord, the Habsburg dynasty. … Read more » “The Holy Roman Empire and the Swiss Confederation”