Monday, December 17, 2012
Thank you Maria for this nice FDC with the four stamps of Switzerland depicting historic monuments there. The monuments shown are :-
The Castles of Bellinzona(2.80) are a group of fortifications located around the town of Bellinzona in canton Ticino, Switzerland. The group is composed of Castelgrande, castle Montebello, castle Sasso Corbaro and fortified walls. The Castelgrande is located on a rocky peak overlooking the valley, with a series of fortified walls that protect the old city and connect to the Montebello. The third castle (Sasso Corbaro) is located on an isolated rocky promontory south-east of the other two The Three Castles of Bellinzona have been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
The Monastery at Biel Bienne (1.30) was founded Belleley in 1136 and in 1142 first mentioned. However, the monastery was abandoned in 1815 and then served as a watch factory and glass factory, until finally the canton of Bern took over the property and brought it under the Psychiatric Clinic. Today, the beautifully renovated former church is open to the public, which hosts regular art exhibitions.
Einsiedeln Abbey (1.70 & 2.20) was founded in 835 AD by a monk, and is the popular pilgrimage and tourist site in Switzerland. Einsiedeln Abbey located in the Kloster Einsiedeln, CH-8840, Einsiedeln in Switzerland.