Abbeys & churches

94 Results found

94 Results found
94 Results found
  • Church of St. Oswald

    On 18 May 1478 the people of Zug, under the direction of Hans Felder, laid the foundation stone for this late-Gothic church. The main entrance is flanked up on the left and right by the city’s patron saints, Oswald and Michael.
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  • 11th-century abbey church

    The abbey church of Payerne, which was founded in the 11th century by Cluniac monks, is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture and building technology of the period. The abbey church, the 14th century parish church facing it, and the adjacent buildings together form a noteworthy unity.
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  • St. Michael rock church - the grave of Rainer Maria Rilke

    In the 16th century, the architect Ulrich Ruffiner built the St. Romanus fortified church on the rock spur above Raron. Almost 500 years later, the people of Raron opened the cavernous St. Michael rock church. Together with the grave of the poet Rilke, the pair of churches are a magnet for tourists in the community in Valais.
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  • Roman Mosaics - Erstwhile Country Estate

    The Roman Mosaics of Orbe consist of eight magnificent mosaic floors that decorated a Gallic-Roman estate dating back to the year 170. The mosaics give the visitor an inkling of the enormous wealth of the lord of the manor and gentleman farmer, whose villa had more than 100 rooms.
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  • Great St. Bernard Pass and its dogs

    The Alpine pass and the legendary Great St. Bernard Hospice symbolise the hospitality shown by the monks to travellers over the centuries. Barry, the large and good-natured St. Bernard dog, is famous for saving the lives of lost mountaineers – this four-legged hero has always been bred here.
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  • Sion - Valère, Tourbillon, Old Town

    Sion, called Sitten in German, is the capital of the Canton of Valais. The Old Town, which lies between the hills of Valère and Tourbillon, dates back to the Middle Ages and is home to numerous sights and attractions, such as one of the world's oldest organs that can still be played.
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  • Wettingen Abbey

    Artistic monument of European importance and best preserved Cistercian monastery in Switzerland. It houses a richly carved baroque choir stall and a Romanesque-Gothic cloister with stained glass from the 13th to the 17th century.
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  • Notre-Dame Cathedral

    The Old Town of Lausanne has imposing buildings dating back to the Middle Ages, such as the famous Cathedral of Notre-Dame. The charming city on Lake Geneva has a lot to offer otherwise as well. For instance, Switzerland's first subterranean mountain train.
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  • Abbey Church Romainmôtier

    Churches built over a period of 1000 years, frescoes, tombs, splendid halls and Gothic columns: the Abbey of Romainmôtier and the House of the Prior mirror the changes that faith and church underwent. They also reflect the timelessness of beautiful buildings.
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  • Old Town and Cathedral of Saint Pierre

    Due to its multicultural character, Geneva is often called the smallest metropolis. It has a lively Old Town with wine taverns, art galleries and antique dealers. The Cathedral of Saint Pierre sits on the peak of the hill on which the Old Town is located.
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  • Solothurn City - Cathedral of St. Ursus

    Solothurn is said to be the most beautiful baroque city in Switzerland. The imposing buildings were constructed in various epochs: ranging from the first half of the 12th century, when the clock tower was built, to 1773, when St. Ursus Cathedral was constructed in baroque and neo-classical style.
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  • The Ammler Creche

    All year around, the church's caretaker, Beat Gmür, and the sextant Erich Sax are afoot and afield in the Ammler mountains to find the material for the enormous landscape of creches.
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  • Disentis Monastery - Benedictine Abbey

    Founded in the 8th century, Disentis Monastery is today the spiritual and educational center of the Upper Rhine Valley (Vorderrheintal). A cultural history exhibition depicts the history of the Benedictine Abbey as well as ecclesiastical art.
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  • Abbey Basilica - Monastery Treasure

    The Abbey of Saint Maurice in Valais was built 1500 years ago as a place to honor martyrs. The pilgrimage destination was once the spiritual center of the Burgundy Empire and today houses one of the richest ecclesiastical treasures in Europe.
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  • Muri Abbey and the Habsburg burial place

    This former Benedictine monastery with its cloister, crypt and Switzerland's largest nave, is closely linked to the history of the Habsburg dynasty. The oldest burial place of the Habsburgs is in the unique Abbey church; later tombs are in the Loreto chapel, with the hearts of Emperor Karl and his consort Zita.
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  • The nightwatch

    The bell tower of the Gothic cathedral, high on the hill on which the Old Town is built, is home to the city’s most enigmatic resident.
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  • Basel Historical Museum – Barfüsserkirche

    The Basel Historical Museum with its three sites is widely regarded as the most important museum of cultural history on the Upper Rhine. It collects, conserves, records and researches objects and artefacts of relevance to our cultural heritage for future generations, tells visitors the story of Basel, and is a place for discourse and engagement with both present and future.
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  • Verena Minster

    The minster is one of Canton Aargau’s most beautiful churches. It is the core of the medieval pilgrimage destination and erstwhile marketplace, Bad Zurzach.
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  • Church by Mario Botta on Monte Tamaro

    A singularly beautiful panorama of the pre-Alpine landscape, the lakes and the snow-capped Alps. The Santa Maria degli Angeli chapel, designed by world-famous architect Mario Botta, is a marvel of contemporary architecture and features paintings by Enzo Cucchi.
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