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This series of photographs is offering a short journey around Switzerland, a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, bordering with France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy.
Switzerland (the Swiss Confederation) consists of following 20 cantons (states) and 6 half-cantons: Aargau, Appenzell Ausserhoden*, Appenzell Innerhoden*, Basel Landschaft*, Basel Stadt*, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Glarus, Graubünden, Jura, Lucerne, Neuchatel, Nidwalden*, Obwalden*, Schaffhausen, Schwyz, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Thurgau, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Vaud, Zug and Zurich (*=half-canton).
From each canton I’ll post 2 photos and from each half-canton 1 photo, total 46 photographs.

Lucerne

The Canton of Lucerne is located in the north-central Switzerland. It is neighboring cantons are Bern, Zug, Schwyz, Nidwalden and Obwalden. The capital city is Lucerne.

This photo shows the famous wooden Chapel Bridge, part of Reuss River and the Jesuit Church.

The first Chapel Bridge, covered wooden footbridge spanning diagonally across the Reuss River, was originally erected in 14th century. It is the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe. The Chapel Bridge almost burned down in the night on August 18, 1993 but shortly thereafter, the Chapel Bridge was reconstructed and again opened to the public on April 14, 1994.

The Jesuit Church is the first large sacral Baroque church built north of the Alps. It is a beautiful and historical site, emphasizing the Catholic tradition of veneration of saints and visual culture. When the Jesuits brought the Counter Reformation to Lucerne in the 17th century; the elaborate church, dedicated to Francis Xavier, was constructed between 1666 and 1677. Architects from Italy and Austria built what many believe to be the most beautiful Baroque church in Switzerland.

Today, both the Chapel Bridge and the Jesuit Church are a major tourist attraction in Lucerne, nice place to visit.

Lucerne is located 110km east from Bern and 52km southwest from Zurich.

You can see more photos from Switzerland on my website www.mrsphoto.net/1-PhotoAlbum/3.1-Switzerland.htm

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