Cathédrale St-Nicholas was built between 1283 and 1490. This High Gothic church has a rich architectural decor and houses precious objects from various periods, including Aloys Mooser's famous organs, Jozef Mehoffer's stained-glass windows, and Alfred Manessier's Holy Sepulchre. The vast interior is ivery impressive. The pulpit (1516) and, opposite it, the octagonal font (1499) are both beautiful, and the tracery choir screen (1466) is dazzlingly intricate. The stained glass in the cathedral is modern Art Nouveau; you can spend hours walking from one window to another. Don’t miss the tiny Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, to the right of the door as you come in, beside a plaque commemorating the mass celebrated here by Pope John Paul II in 1984. Inside the chapel you’ll find a group of 13 figures, sculpted from sandstone in about 1430. Christ is being laid in the tomb by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea; behind, Mary is supported by John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, 2 other women and 2 angels, while in front are 3 local citizens. The life-sized ensemble, drenched in a strange light from the modern stained-glass windows, is really touching.
You can climb to the top of the tower (73 m , one step for every day of the year) to admire the whole city. The cathedral is open Mon – Sat 7:30 – 19:00, Sun 8:30 – 21:30.
Murten - just 15km from Fribourg
Murten is an interesting town with medieval townwalls in the south-west of Bern and in a distance of just 15km from Fribourg.Morat is its french name and german and french,both languages are used here in this part of Switzerland, in Fribourg as well as in Murten.The medieval towncentre of Murten is still almost totally surrounded by the medieval fortification-walls and Berntor (see it in my main pic) is one of the gates of this wall.
My 2nd pic : an old cannon of 1882, shown in Murten castle.
my 3rd pic: Speichergaesschen, great antiqueshops & charming old buildings
My last 2 pics : walking on the medieval townwall of Murten
Down to the Auge Neighbourhood
This district, absorbed into the city as early as the 1160s, is the oldest in Fribourg outside the Zahringens' original fortress (which stood on the site of the current Hotel de Ville). It's full of atmosphere, with its cobbled streets and crumbling old Gothic houses and inns still very much lived-in; the sense of community surviving in such ancient surroundings is what really marks Fribourg out as being special.
St. John Knights Hospitaller, the Commandery.
The St. John’s Hospitaller was originally established in Fribourg in the Auge area of the Old Town between the years 1224 and 1228, as development occurred in this area they moved to the present location in 1259.
Grouped around a courtyard the walled compound of the Commandery is a group of buildings that include, a church, a small chapel, a cemetery and a hospital structure, located close to the River, just adjacent to the Pont or Bridge St. Jean.
The doors were locked that I tried to access on both the church and the metal gate that leads you into the small cemetery and the St.Anne Chapel.
The structure of the church that you see today was modified twice for certain, once in 1885 and again in 1951, the only original part structure that is still present are the walls which date to 1264.
The smaller St. Anne Chapel was built in about 1514 and originally was built as a charnel house or a repository for bones and human remains.
Aside from the obstructions to examining the interiors of these wonderful looking structures it is certainly a historic Institution situated along the edge of the very picturesque square known as the Planche Superieure.
If you’re walking the Old Town you’re certainly likely to come across this SECURE little gem tucked along the river banks of the Sarine or River Saare. I would have liked to have ventured indoors of these structures to visit some of the art that’s certainly inside…maybe if you do you’ll have better luck than I did!
Murtentor dates back to the year 1410, it has a hight of 34 meters and still today all of the cartrafic coming from the westside of the town is goind through this former towngate. There is also quite a long part of the medieval townwall at both sides of Murtentor.