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Lucerne in Lucerne (District), Switzerland
 

Chapel Bridge

Kapellbrücke

 
 
Kapellbrücke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 27, 2013
1. Kapellbrücke Marker
caption: Portrait painting of Hans Heinrich Wägmann.

The Kapellbrücke text in French and German is also this maker. Click of this image to enlarge the text.
Inscription. The Chapel Bridge and Water Tower were built in the 14th century. The bridge served as a rampart, as well as part of the town fortification. Originally 285 metres long, the bridge was shortened several times during the 19th century. Water Tower served as a dungeon, archive and treasury vault.
In the 17th century the Chapel Bridge was adorned with a set of paintings. The triangular panels were designed by town secretary Renward Cysat, a universal scholar, and painted in Renaissance style by Hans Heinrich Wägmann. The series of paintings depict the development of the city and republic of Lucerne from a Counter-Reformation point of view. Other pictures portray the life and suffering of the town’s two patron saints, St. Leodegar and St. Mauritius.
During the night of 17th August 1993, a fire broke out on the Chapel Bridge, burning 81 of the 111 bridge paintings. The paintings on both bridge-heads escaped damage by the blaze.
Between 1994 and 2001 photographic facsimiles were displayed to fill the enormous gap.
In 2002 Lucerne’s city cuncil (sic), together with the federal and cantonal offices for the preservation of historical monuments, agreed upon the order in which the paintings would be newly hung.
The paintings on the bridgeheads are the originals. In the middle of the bridge the paintings from the St. Mauritius
Kapellbrücke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 27, 2013
2. Kapellbrücke Marker
series can be seen. These had been removed in the 19th century when the bridge was shortened during the construction of the quays on the north and south ends.
The gap remaining between the paintings serves as a reminder of the irreparable loss to the bridge – and for the city of Lucerne – caused by the blaze on the night of 17th August 1993.
 
Location. 47° 3.054′ N, 8° 18.405′ E. Marker is in Lucerne, Lucerne, in Lucerne (District). Marker is on Bahnhofstrasse, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Bahnhofstrasse 7, Lucerne 6003, Switzerland.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bakers Guildhall (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Jesuitenkirche (about 120 meters away); Grain Market (about 150 meters away); "At the White Cross" Inn (about 150 meters away); "Fire Alley" (about 150 meters away); Fishermens Point (about 150 meters away); Balthasar House (about 150 meters away); Butchers’ Arch (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lucerne.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Kapellbrücke image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2013
3. Kapellbrücke
Kapellbrücke image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 30, 2013
4. Kapellbrücke
One of the paintings depicting the history of Lucerne. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2013
5. One of the paintings depicting the history of Lucerne.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 5, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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