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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”

Christianity, Rulers and Raetia

Chur, St. Martinskirche, a. 800. Photo/foto: TES.

In the beginning of the 5th century and during the 6th century, Christianity had taken root in Switzerland. The oldest church foundations of St. Maurice date from the 4th century, the monastery was founded around 515. In Romainmôtier, Geneva, Nyon, Yverdon, Avenches, Windisch, Augst, Basel, Martigny existed Christian congregations, churches or dioceses at that time. … Read more » “Christianity, Rulers and Raetia”