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Swiss Bishoprics and Cultural Heritage

Cathédrale de Bâle (Basler Münster), 11e -15e siècle. Photo: TES.

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 new sovereignty based on an ecclesiastical (diocese) territory, and it possesses … Read more » “Swiss Bishoprics and Cultural Heritage”

Romanesque Art

Donatyre, 11th century. Photo: TES.

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”

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”