Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rudolf Brun

Rudolf Brun's Tombstone
St. Peterskirche
Zürich, Switzerland

"Rudolf Brun, (born c. 1300—died Sept. 17, 1360, Zürich) Swiss politician who became the first burgomaster, and virtual dictator, of Zürich, and whose struggles to maintain personal power ultimately brought the city into the Swiss Confederation (1351)." ~ Encyclopaedia Britannica

Monday, June 27, 2016


I suppose I may be one of those rare (peculiar?) individuals who bothers to read signs. I find I learn a lot from them both about the places I visit but also about languages. Here I was curious about how the German word Gottesdienst was used in the place of what we in the States might have referred to as simply Worship or Church Service. As one might expect, the German term strikes me as a bit more precise.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


St. Peterskirche
Zürich, Switzerland

"A choir, also sometimes spelled quire, is the area of a church or cathedral that provides seating for the clergy and church choir. It is in the western part of the chancel between the nave and the sanctuary which houses the altar and Church tabernacle. In larger medieval churches it contained choir-stalls, seating aligned with the side of the church, so at right-angles to the seating for the congregation in the nave (of which there would have been little if any in the Middle Ages). Smaller medieval churches may not have a choir in the architectural sense at all, and they are often lacking in churches built by all denominations after the Protestant Reformation, though the Gothic Revival revived them as a distinct feature."~ Wikipedia

Friday, June 24, 2016


Church of St. Peter in Zürich: "Located next to the Lindenhof hill, site of the former Roman castle, it was built on the site of a temple to Jupiter. An early church of 10 by 7 metres is archaeologically attested for the 8th or 9th century. This building was replaced by an early Romanesque church around AD 1000, in turn replaced in 1230 by a late romanesque structure, parts of which survive. Rudolf Brun, first independent mayor of the town, was buried here in 1360. The nave was rebuilt in 1460 in Gothic style. Prior to the Reformation, St. Peter was the only parish church of the town, the rest being part of monasteries.

The current building was consecrated in 1706 as the first church built under Protestant rule. Its congregation forms part of the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zürich. Until 1911, the steeple was manned by a fire watch. Restoration work was carried out in 1970 to 1975. The steeple's clock face has a diameter of 8.7 m [28.5 ft], the largest church clock face in Europe. The bells date to 1880.

Peculiarly, the church's steeple is owned by the city of Zürich, while the nave is owned by the St. Peter parish of the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zürich." ~ Wikipedia

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Tame Pigeon

Just wish I could have visited the Tame Pigeon while I was in Zürich. :-)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Swiss Scouts

The young lady to the left is an adult scout leader. She was supervising some scouts who you can see playing in the background at Lindenhof Hill Park. At the same time, she kindly agreed to take photos for a tour group that also was visiting the park.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

River Views

Two views from Lindenhof Hill in Zürich. The first is looking downriver. The second is looking upriver at the Grossmünster

Sunday, June 19, 2016


The inscription on the wall to the right is Lucius Aelius Urbicus' grave stone (200 AD) at the upper part of the Pfalzgasse on Lindenhof hill. Really. The city is that old. Everything else you see in this pic? The medieval stuff? Modern history. :-)

That's the Church of St. Peter (now Evangelical Reformed) in the background sporting the largest church clock in Europe. A church has stood at that spot since at least the 8th or 9th century.

BTW, check out the steps to the left of the street. Betcha the residents here appreciate this in the winter and on days when those cobblestones are slick with rain.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Okay, so the flowers were covering up some of the critical information on the sign. Still, they were eye-catching.

And if you really wanted to know what Doris' business was all about, you could have knocked on the door and inquired. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

1 of 1200

One of Zürich's 1200 fountains. So, no, don't worry. I really didn't try to photograph the other 1199. Okay, maybe one or two more. But that's it! I promise.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

How Old?

An experienced carpenter could probably take one glance at this door and tell when it was made. Not being such a carpenter, I can only guess how old this door is given that I found it in the medieval Lindenhof quarter of Zürich. The lock and handle don't look old to me, but I'm guessing they could easily have been replaced. And I don't know. Are those nail holes? If so, then the door certainly couldn't be too old. What do you think?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Rudolf Brunbrücke

Eventually, I would head over to the other side of the Limmat to visit the Grossmünster. But I first wanted to explore the Lindenhof quarter of Zürich.

And, yes, it really was this cold and wet. :-)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Good morning, Zürich!

Up and at 'em! It was an unusually late morning for me, rising late at 6 a.m. (must have been still adjusting to Central European Time) and hitting the breakfast table at 6:30 a.m. so I could get out the door and over to Zürich's old town by mid-morning. Here I was heading up one of the town's medieval alleys (above) on my way toward the Limmat (below).

Friday, June 10, 2016


Friedhof Sihlfeld Cemetery
Zürich, Switzerland

Finally, this lovely bloom waved goodbye to me as I left the cemetery and returned to my room for the night where I finally found my own temporary rest after rising some thirty hours before in Virginia. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Friedhof Sihlfeld Cemetery

Continuing on my afternoon and evening ramble through the west end of Zürich, I just happened to discover the Friedhof Sihlfeld cemetery, full of really quite astonishing statuary and grave markers. Johanna Spyri, author of Heidi, is buried here, although I didn't know that at the time of my visit a couple of weeks ago.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Flower Market

Flower markets are pretty much the same everywhere, are they not? I found this one, though, along the Badenerstrasse in Zürich where I found a room after visiting Rapperswil.  By the time I arrived, I had already been a long "day" since I had left the States earlier that "morning". But there was still plenty of daylight left, so I took off on a stroll to see what I could see.

5.55 Swiss francs for a flat of bedding plants. Is that about an average price in Europe? That's just a tad more than 5 euros, right?

Monday, June 6, 2016


I don't recall ever finding out how old these balconies are.

My guess, though, is that they aren't nearly as old as this. . .

oriel built in 1630.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016


Just a recap to start. My study leave this year took me back to Europe to do further research into the medieval period. But my journey this time began at National Airport in Alexandria, Virginia.

From Alexandria, I flew to Newark International.

And from Newark to Zürich.

Didn't waste any time once on the ground in Zürich. Without a break, I headed to the medieval town of Rapperswil

Sorry about the odd photo below. It's my photo of a photo that had been enlarged and backlit for display at a Rapperswil bank where I went to exchange some of my American dollars for Swiss francs. Anyway, I liked the aerial overview of the old town.