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Rottweil and the Swiss Confederation

Rottweil around 2000. Photo: www.rottweil.net

The German city of Rottweil in Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany) became a close ally of the Swiss Eidgenossenschaft or Confederation in 1463. The Confederation consisted of nine cantons at this time and Rottweil (Ariae Flaviae in Roman times, Rottuvilla or red villa in the early medieval period) got the status of close ally and city or ‘Zugewandter … Read more » “Rottweil and the Swiss Confederation”

Alpine route of Romanesque culture

Die Alpine Strasse der Romanik. Foto: www.stiegenzumhimmel.it

The Alpine route of Romanesque culture is a route along buildings and paintings from the Romanesque period. The route stretches between the Swiss Engadine and Italian South Tyrol and Trentino. It shows dozens of Romanesque cultural sights. The Vinschgau with the Val Müstair is home to some of the oldest Carolingian/Romanesque churches and frescoes in … Read more » “Alpine route of Romanesque culture”

Swabians become Suisse

Johann Stumpf (1500-1578), Schlacht bei Schwaderloh. Foto: Meyer, F.: Schweizergeschichte von der Bundesgründung bis Marignano, Lehrmittelverlag des Kantons Thurgau, Frauenfeld 1976.

Thurgau was first mentioned as a county in the duchy of Swabia in the 9th century. After the extinction of the counts of Kyburg in 1264, the Habsburgs inherited the rights. Medieval Thurgau was not yet a clearly defined historical region and included large parts of the present cantons of St. Gallen, Zurich and the German … Read more » “Swabians become Suisse”