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    The Grossmünster Cathedral
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  • The Grossmünster Cathedral - towers
    The Grossmünster Cathedral - towers
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  • ST.  PETER  CHURCH
    ST. PETER CHURCH
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    A moment of ecstatic discovery

    by KennetRose Updated Feb 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Shall I tell? If I do you won't get the same thrill.

    Oh, go on then! It was going into the Fraumünster, looking up, and realising that those weren't just ordinary stained-glass windows - they are in the unmistakeable style of Marc Chagall!

    I've created a separate travelogue with pictures of the Chagall windows.

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    Fraumuenster

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    STAIN-GLASS  WINDOWS  BY  MARC  CHAGALL

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    Formerly the church of a Convent for Noble Ladies founded by King Ludwig of Germany in 853, the cathedral has foundations which date back as far as the 9th to 11th centuries. The stained-glass windows in the choir, created in 1970 by Marc Chagall, are especially fine.
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    The Grossmünster Cathedral

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Grossm��nster Cathedral

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    After its foundation by Charlemagne in the ninth century on a site of long-established religious significance (recent excavations below the church suggest the existence of a Roman cemetery), the church was constructed in its present form between 1100 and 1230.
    After a disastrous fire in 1763, the spires and upper sections of the towers were demolished, and reconstruction shortly after produced the Gothic belfries, watchrooms and octagonal cupolae which survive today.
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    The Grossmünster Cathedral

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Grossm��nster Cathedral - towers

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    With its distinctive twin sugar-loafed towers, and a venerable history at the heart of the Swiss-German Reformation, the Grossmünster – or Great Minster – dominates Zürich’s skyline.
    In a tight-packed city of generally modest, small-scale architecture, it is dauntingly gigantic; and yet, caught half a millennium ago in the eye of a tight-lipped theological hurricane, it has been denuded of virtually all its interior decorative grandeur.
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    Fondest memory: The old town with Grossmunster Cathedral.

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    Zürich's Altstadt was...

    by Tolik Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Zürich's Altstadt was developed during the early medieval period and is focused on Lindenhofe, St. Peterskirche, Fraumunster and Grossmunster.
    St. Peterskirche was built in the 13th century and is the oldest church in town. It has the largest clock face in Europe – 28 ½ feet (8.7 m) in diameter; the minute hands alone are 12 feet long. Inside, the choir is Romanesque but three-aisle nave is Baroque.

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    Probably of Carolingian...

    by Volare Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Probably of Carolingian origin, the Grossmünster with its distinctive twin spires is the symbol of the city. The oldest parts (the crypts) date from the late 11th and early 12th centuries. The remains of the roman transverse, with a 12th century sculpture, are especially worth seeing.

    Fondest memory: A funny story on this church is that its two towers were build by two different very reach Swiss families of that time. They wanted to show to everybody the boundaries of its wealth. In order to do so one family built its tower higher than the other.

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    St. Peter Church

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    ST.  PETER  CHURCH

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    Oldest church in Zurich. Basement of tower Romanesque. Largest clock face in Europe added in 1534 (8.7 m / 28.5 ft in diameter).
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