The Kappelle Brucke, Lucerne, Switzerland

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This is the Chapel Bridge (Kappelle Brücke) across the River Reuss. The city of Lucerne is seen at the left. Lake Lucerne is to the right and outside the view. The Reuss is a rapid river that flows out of the western end of the lake. Chapel Bridge is an old wooden structure, and roofed, as you see. It winds across the river in a leisurely fashion, not at all as a modern builder would lay it out. The inside of the roof is decorated with paintings. These show interesting scenes in the lives of two patron saints of Lucerne. There are also pictures based on events that have taken place in the history of Lucerne. The tower you see is the Wasserthurn, which is about 800 years old. It is now used as a place to store records of the city, but it was built to serve as a lighthouse. When the fishermen on the lake saw the "lucerna" (the Latin word for "light"), they turned back from the swift currents of the River Reuss. This "lucerna" probably gave its name to both city and lake. There are seven other bridges across the Reuss. One of these, an iron footbridge, can be seen in the middle distance. Lucerne has about 40,000 inhabitants. It is a walled city. In these walls are nine towers built over 500 years ago. The older parts of the city have crooked streets, and old-fashioned houses. It is a popular city with travelers because of its fine views of the Alps and the lake. One point of interest tourists see here is the Lion of Lucerne. This is a great carving in the natural sandstone rock, of a dying lion. It was carved in honor of 786 soldiers and officers of the Swiss Guard who fell defending the Tuileries (twl´ r´) in Paris, in 1792. Thorvaldsen, the Danish sculptor, made the statue. Keystone ID: 10781 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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