Parish Church St. Martin
The oldest remains of the Parish Church St. Martin (Pfarrkirche St. Martin) date back to the 8th century.
The current church was built in classicistic style between 1800 and 1803, just after the big fire in Altdorf.
Next to the church a cemetery and the late Gothic St. Anne's chapel (St. Anna Kapelle) can be found. The latter one was built in 1596.
The Parish Church St. Martin and the St. Anne's Chapel are located at the square Kirchplatz, right in the heart of Altdorf's town centre.
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Chapel of Mariahilf
The small Chapel of Mariahilf was constructed at around the middle of the 18th century. It is quite popular for prayers of the local people.
The latest restoration dates back to 1996, which was also the year when the chapel was put under protection of the canton Uri.
The Chapel of Mariahilf can be found on the left side of the street Bahnhofstrasse, when going from the train station towards the town centre.
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The first sight which we spotted on our way from the train station to the town centre was the Reformed Church (Reformierte Kirche).
The church, which was built in 1924 and the mountains in the background form a pefect photo opportunity.
Next to the church stands a boys' school dating back to the First World War.
The Reformed Chuch can be found at the street Bahnhofstrasse which leads from the train station to the town centre.
Address: Reformed Church, Bahnhofstr. 29, 6460 Altdorf
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Statue of William Tell
Altdorf is where the legend of William Tell is said to have taken place, a statue of him sits in the main square in front of the town hall. The statue was created in 1895 by Richard Kissling and shows William Tell holding his crossbow and his son in front of a background featuring the Swiss alps.
The legend of William Tell centers around Tell not bowing in front of an Austrian authority, Hermann Gessler. His punishment was being forced to shoot an apple off the head of his son or else they would both be executed. He was promised freedom if he shot the apple and he split the apple with one shot from his crossbow. He said the second arrow in his quiver was in case he shot his son, he would have also shot Gessler.
At that comment he was not let free but tied up and sent on a ship on Lake Lucerne where during a storm he managed to escape, went to where Gessler was and shot him anyways. This sparked a rebellion leading to the formation of the Swiss Confederation.
The story of William Tell is thought to be just that, a story, but a rather enduring one.
Being a librarian myself, I had no choice but to take a picture of the Cantonal Library and have a little peek inside the building. Uri is a very underpopulated canton (little more than 20,000 inhabitants, with some 9,000 living in Altdorf) and therefore the library isn't very large either, but their computers were fully operational and of course they have their own Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), just as my 'own' library back in the Netherlands ...
Wilhelm Tell monument
The Wilhelm Tell monument consisting of his statue and a decorated tower. Notice the "sk8erboy in midflight" in the foreground - funny, eh?
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Still more beautiful scenery - I believe this is the Urirotstock, almost 3,000 meters tall ... (or if it isn't, then it is the mountain next to the Urirotstock, still of considerable size itself).
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Altdorf on the edge of the Vierwaldstätter See (in English it is called Lake Lucerne), mountains on either side of the valley up to almost 3,000 meters.
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