Saturday, September 29, 2012

Historical Monuments

The First Day Cover on display has six stamps depicting famous monuments across Switzerland. Starting from the top left stamp, I’ll try and briefly describe the location and importance of the monument depicted. The FDC was issued on 12.8.1968, and was given to me by Maria.

Lenzburg is a town in the central region of the Swiss canton Aargau and is the capital of the district of the same name. The town, founded in the Middle Ages, lies in the Seetal valley, about 3 kilometres south of the Aare river. Lenzburg Castle is a castle located above the old part of the town of Lenzburg in the Canton of Aargau, Switzerland. It ranks among the oldest and most important of Switzerland.

Näfels is a former municipality in the canton of Glarus in Switzerland. Effective from 1 January 2011, Näfels is part of the municipality of Glarus Nord. The Franciscan Cloister of Mariaburg sits atop Burgstock hill in the heart of Näfels. The cloister is open to anyone interested in the life of the Franciscan order and for individuals (men and women) and Christians, who wish to temporarily retire from daily hustle and bustle to lead a life of contemplation. Guests may have a brother as a guide during short stays of up to one week. They participate in the daily life of the cloister and possibly add some spiritual exercises. 

Appenzell (or Appenzellerland) is a region and historical canton in the northeast of Switzerland, entirely surrounded by the Canton of St. Gallen. St. Mauritius is the name of the biggest church of Appenzell and its origins are dating back to the year 1071. There is an interesting path around the church 

Samedan is a town and municipality in the district of Maloja in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Romanesque library is one of the highlights of Samedan.
Gais is a municipality in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Switzerland. The old village, lined with traditional wooden houses with curved gables, was rebuilt following a fire in 1780 and has remained mostly unchanged since then. The houses along the town square and on Webergasse are the center of the old village.
The Protestant Church was built in 1781–82 by Hans Ulrich Haltiner. The interior is decorated in a Rococo style. The interior work was done in 1782, from the shop of Andreas and Peter Anton Mosbrugger.
Neuchâtel "new" + chatel "castle" is the capital of the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel on Lake Neuchâtel. The Collegiate Church, dedicated to the Virgin, is a striking piece of architechture. It is made of hauterive stone, which has a yellow colour, typical for the city of Neuchatel.  

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