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    The Cathedral. Exterior.

    by Askla Updated Apr 10, 2015

    The first edifice on this spot was a church built in the 5th century. Another one was built in the 8th century, parts of which were incorporated into the present Cathedral when it was built between 1154 and 1270.

    Google Map does not give the right location for the cathedral. It should point at the word Hof on the tiny grey path marked to the left of the little green area.

    Opening hours: 06.00 (Mon 07.00) - 19.00.

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    Alphorn players.

    by Askla Updated Apr 9, 2015

    The first evening, I suddenly heard some strange sound from somewhere out in the street. When I looked out from the hotel window I saw a group of musicians standing about 100 metres away, at the round-about just north of the Graubündner Bank. They were playing the typical long wooden horns that are seen in the Alps, called alphorn. But since I wasn't prepaired I couldn't go out quick enough to get closer to them. I hoped they would perhaps come back during my next stay at the hotel so I could take some better photos, but unfortunately they didn't.

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    The Cathedral. Interior.

    by Askla Written Apr 9, 2015

    The high altar, made by Jakob Russ in 1492 has a splendid triptych. High up on one of the walls there is a "nobleman's seat", decorated with paintings. There is also a fresco on one of the walls, part of the fresco looking well presrved, part of it looking not finished... In the corner to the left of the entrance stands the water container shown on pictures 4 and 5. Could it contain holy water? If so, the location is a little unusual, I think. Does anybody know what it is used for?

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    Ruins of St Stephan's Church.

    by Askla Written Apr 9, 2015

    St Stephan's Church was built in the 5th century as a cemetery church for the bishops of Chur. Today are there only fragments left of the church, which was discovered during the construction of the cantonal school in 1860.
    The church can be visited after contacting the Tourist Information, telephone Tel. +41 (0)81 252 18 18.

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    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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    Town Hall.

    by Askla Updated Apr 9, 2015

    The Town Hall was rebuilt and extended after the great fire in 1464. In the entrance area there is an authentic model of the building. The arched hall was once serving as the city’s largest trading centre. On the upper most floor there are cells from the time there was a prison in the building. The house has even hosted a hospital at one time.
    In the wall, near the door, one can find the bar used as the official measurement for the "Chur foot".

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    St Martin's Church.

    by Askla Updated Apr 9, 2015

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    The first church on the spot of St Martin's Church was mentioned as a royal church in the year 769 already. That one was nearly totally destroyed in the fire that ravaged the town in 1464. By 1491 the present church was taken into service, shortly afterwards completed with a tower in 1534.
    The painted windows at the entrance date from 1919.

    Opening hours: 08.00 - 19.00 daily.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

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    The Fontanapark.

    by Askla Updated Apr 9, 2015

    There is a really nice park, Fontanapark, along Grabenstrasse. The original park was inagurated in 1729 and the present one follows the outline of the old borders.

    Clicking the link above will show you the right location of the park on the Google Map, but the street view is totally wrong.

    Opening hours 07.00 - 21.00 in summer
    08.00 - 17.00 in winter

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    Taking the Bernina Express.

    by Askla Written Apr 9, 2015

    Most people come to Chur either to start or finish the tour on Bernina Express, the UNESCO-listed railway tour. There has been so much written about this subject so I better provide you a link to Wikipedia than write anything myself. But some photos might still be nice, I hope. I exclude the viaduct at Brusio here since I have a page on it.
    I had to change trains in St Moritz. On the first leg the train was completely crowded, people searching for empty seats. Quite many stopped in St Moritz. The second leg I had a whole car for myself!! The reason was that there is a surcharge to sit in the car with the panorama windows. But I found the surcharge quite reasonable, just a few CHF. I mean, if I pay the flights, hotel and train ticket to get the possibility to travel this famous stretch, some extra CHF shouldn't be that serious. However, I could see that there were probably not seats enough for all in the other cars leaving some of them standing all the way to Tirano...

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    Want to read a book while in the park?

    by Askla Written Apr 9, 2015

    When I was walkig around the Fontanapark I suddenly saw a box standing on one of the benches. It was written "Your reading bench" in German. I looked inside and found that there were books to borrow and read. If they were ment to be read while in the park or even to take home to read, I don't know. If the initiative came from the bibliotheque or from private persons, that I do also not know but it was a nice idee anway.

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    Surprises around the corners.

    by Askla Written Apr 9, 2015

    Walking around the old parts of Chur one quite often get surprised of what one find. There are nooks and crannies both now and then with unexpected sceneris. And also passage ways above the streets.

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    • Photography

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    The Hof-Torturm.

    by Askla Updated Apr 9, 2015

    Oposite the Raetian Museum are the stairs up to the Hof-Torturm which was the entrance to the court beside the 17th century bishop's palace. Taking the steps one will also reach the cathedral area.

    When clicking the link above you can see the signs for Rätisches Museum and Restaurant Hofkellerei. The first one sits infact where the stairs are and the latter one points out the Torturm. I think you know already how precise the Google Maps are.....Many of the other objects in Chur are impossible to give the right location for at all..

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    • Historical Travel

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    The Martinsbrunn.

    by Askla Written Apr 9, 2015

    The Martinsbrunn, or Martin's Fountain, at the Martinsplatz(!) was first mentioned in 1556. It was rebuilt in 1716.
    The basin has six sides, each of them showing a pair from the zodiac signs in relief. Tha statue in the middle of the basin holds a shield with the town emblem.

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    The Raetian Museum.

    by Askla Written Apr 9, 2015

    The Raetian Museum is located in a house just east of St Martin's Church, or behind it if seen from Martinsplatz. The house was built in 1675.
    The museum collection contains archaeological, cultural-historical and folkloristic finds from the Neolithic to the Medieval time.

    Working hours: Tue - Sun 10.00 - 17.00
    Entrance fee: adults 6 CHF, pensioners and students 4 CHF, younger than 16 years free (correct for 2015).

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    • Museum Visits

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    The Malteserturm.

    by Askla Updated Apr 8, 2015

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    The Malteserturm is like the Oberturm a building of four stories. Using its old name, Pulverturm, it is easy to understand what it was used for - Pulverturm means Gunpowder Tower. There is, however, no known connection to the Malteser Knights despite the present name of the tower.

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    The Oberturm.

    by Askla Updated Apr 8, 2015

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    The Oberturm is one of the three towers remaining from the medieval defence system built in the first half of the 13th century.
    The Oberturm is a four-storey building. It is a little narrower at the top than at the bottom. There are paintings in the archway, some of them showing old views of the city, but they are not old, painted only in the last century.

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    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

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