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    WILHELM TELL MONUMENT

    by balhannah Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    Driving through Altdorf, we saw the painted Tower and Monument of Wilhelm Tell.
    Once we had found a car park, we went walking, and had a look at the Monument. It was created in 1895 on the order of some Politician's.
    The Sculptor was ordered to depict Wilhelm Tell as a "proud, audacious, determined man wearing a traditional farmer's costume."
    Infront of me stood a medieval Wilhelm Tell, dressed in war clothing and with a crossbow on his shoulders, his arm around his son who holds the hand of his father and looks at him adoringly.
    I think the sculptor, Richard Kissling, did this very well!
    Wilhem Tell is made of plastic, pretty unusual!

    Wilhem Tell's Crossbow is the hallmark for Swiss quality goods.

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    ALTDORF - FLUELEN

    by balhannah Written Nov 26, 2011

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    Fluelen is located only 4kms from Altdorf.

    It really was a scenic little town, located at the end of Lake Lucerne. There were Mountain's surrounding the Lake, and we could see the highway we had previously driven on from Lucerne. Lakeside, was a nice rock fountain, and also a jetty walk. Somebody was fishing, but I couldn't see any fish in the bucket.
    The Ferry was there, so you could go to Lucerne from here. There is a Beach, and it was quite quiet, hardly a person around! I wondered if it was always this way, if so, it's a little piece of paradise!

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    THE 'MG' CAR

    by balhannah Written Nov 25, 2011

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    At the small Town of Fluelen, which is located beside Lake Lucerne, but on the opposite end to Lucerne, I happened to find my own MG CAR! There it was, sitting in the park, just waiting for me to come along and drive it!
    I had a bit of fun, hopping into this cement MG Car and then making out to drive it. How clever was the person who made it! It's a great fun photo, and there is a nice background too.

    Fluelen is 4kms from Altdorf.

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    THE ARSENAL

    by balhannah Updated Nov 25, 2011

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    My photo is of the Arsenal building in Altdorf. I have tried to find information and can't. All I can tell you, is it's a short walk from the Wilhelm Tell Theatre, and is worth a look to see the frescoes.

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    WILHELM TELL THEATRE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 25, 2011

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    The Wilhelm Tell Theatre struck me as a beautiful building. It was built in 1865, and was used as a Town Hall until 1924, when it was made bigger to be the Wilhelm Tell Playhouse.

    The play "Wilhelm Tell" by Friedrich Schiller was staged every 2 to 4 years, most of the time to a full house. Now, more cultural events are held here.

    The Tourist Information Centre is located here.

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    ST. MARTIN CEMETERY

    by balhannah Updated Nov 25, 2011

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    Next to St. Martin's Church is a delightful cemetery.
    It sounds morbid, I know, but I like browsing around cemeteries, especially old ones.
    This is a good one to have a look at. I found many beautiful, elaborate head stones and statues, and along the wall, there were some old Mural's. It was neat and tidy, with lovely little garden plot's on the grave, a very nice idea!
    So, if you like Cemeteries, come in here for a browse, it is worth it!

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    CHURCH OF ST. MARTIN

    by balhannah Written Nov 25, 2011

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    The Church of St. Martin I could see on my walk. Up the hill I went to this White Church, built in 1799. I was able to go inside and see the Frescoes and the lovely stucco work, and the black and grey Altar. It really was nice!
    I don't know if you can see the Treasury, but is known as one of the richest, as it has gold and silver cult objects, crucifixes, candle shrines and other valuable's that date back to 1500 and the early 19th century.

    Next to the Church, is St Anne's chapel [built 1596], and is the oldest Lord's house in Altdorf.

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    ALTDORF'S NATIONAL EMBLEM

    by balhannah Updated Nov 25, 2011

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    As I walked around Altdorf, I could see a Flag flying way above my head. I noticed it was bright yellow, with a black Bull's head, a bright red tongue sticking out, and the Bull had a nose ring!
    What was this! Then, on some old building's, I found a Bull head sculpture, what was the meaning of this?
    Since coming home, I have learnt it is the National emblem of the Canton of Uri, of which, Altdorf is the Capital.
    The flag of the canton of Uri features a black bull's head that sticks its red tongue out and an originally yellow (golden), later red node ring on a yellow (golden) background. The colour's represent the Roman Empire.

    There is a legend about it too...........

    It goes like this..... "Once upon a time, a Pope donated the ring to the people of Uri as a lasting sign of honour, because they both defeated the savagery of the countryside and the barbarism of the mores by accepting the Christianity."
    The oldest banner, used at the battle of Morgarten in 1315, is still around today.

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    MEDIEVAL TOWER

    by balhannah Written Nov 25, 2011

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    I had just looked at the Wilhelm Tell Statue, now time to look at the tall painted Medieval Tower directly behind the Statue.
    It was on this square, where Wilhelm Tell did his legendary apple shot. The painting on the Tower shows the landscape around Schachental, home of the legendary Wilhelm Tell and also a scene of the famous apple shot. These frescoes were painted in 1693.

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    Suworow House

    by HORSCHECK Updated May 19, 2011

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    The oldest and most important burgher house of the canton Uri is the Suworow House. It was built in 1550 and extended by a Baroque chapel in 1730.

    On the 26.09.1799 the Russian field marshal and general Alexander Suworow stayed overnight here during his retreat towards Russia; hence the name of the house.

    The Suworow House was one of the few buildings, which didn't burn down during the town fire in 1799.

    Directions:
    The Suworow House can be found at the street Hellgasse, a short walk south east of the town centre.

    Address:
    Suworow House, Hellgasse 9, 6460 Altdorf

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    Tell Theatre

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 16, 2011

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    The Tell Theatre (Tellspielhaus) was built in 1924 on the site of the former parish hall. The neo-classical theatre hall is the venue of the William Tell plays every few years.

    Since 1990 the Tell Theatre is owned by the city administration. The building is also home to the Tourist Information Office.

    Directions:
    The Tell Theatre can be found at the street Sch├╝tzengasse in the vicinity of the square Lehnplatz; right in the heart of Altdorf's town centre.

    Address: Tell Theatre, Schuetzengasse 11, 6460 Altdorf

    Website: http://www.theater-uri.ch/

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    Arsenal

    by HORSCHECK Written Apr 16, 2011

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    The building of the Arsenal (Zeughaus) was completed at the very beginning of the 19th century. At that time it was a goods reloading point.

    In 1856 it was converted into barracks. From 1906 until 2006 the building was used as the Arsenal of Altdorf.

    Directions:
    Altdorf's Arsenal is situated at the square Lehnplatz; only about 5 minutes on foot south east of the Tell Monument.

    Address:
    Arsenal, Lehnplatz 22, 6460 Altdorf

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    Tower Tuermli and Tell Monument

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 16, 2011

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    The history of the Tower Tuermli dates back to the middle ages. It is covered with several paintings, some of which in honour of Willliam Tell (German: Wilhelm Tell), a Swiss folk hero.

    The Tell Monument, which was inaugurated in 1895, stands just in front of the Tower Tuermli.

    The place is said to be the spot where William Tell shot the apple from his son's head.

    Directions:
    The Tower Tuermli and the Tell Monument are located at the square Rathausplatz, right in the heart of Altdorf's town centre.

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    Town Hall

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 16, 2011

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    The current Town Hall (Rathaus) was built in classicistic style at the very beginning of the 19th century.

    It stands on the place of an even earlier town hall, which was built in 1517, but burnt down in 1799.

    It is home to both the town as well as offices of the canton Uri administrative authorities. Apart from that it houses a collection of local paintings and sculptures.

    Directions:
    Aldorf's Town Hall is located in the vicinity of the Tell Monument at the square Rathausplatz, right in the heart of the town centre.

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    Capuchin Convent

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 16, 2011

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    Altdorf is home to Switzerland's oldest Capuchin Convent (Kapuzinerkloster Allerheiligen).

    It was built in 1581 and it was also the first Capuchin Convent north of the Alps.

    The convent was completely destroyed during a fire in 1799; so the current structure dates back to 1806.

    From the hillside of the Capuchin Convent panoramic views of Altdorf, the lake Urner See and the local mountains can be enjoyed from here.

    Directions:
    The Capuchin Convent is located on the northern hillside of Altdorf. It can either be reached via a Way of the Cross from the Parish Church St. Martin or via the path Kapuzinerweg, which starts at the square Rathausplatz, just near the Tell Monument.

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