Castle of Gruyerès in Switzerland
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Castle of Gruyerès in Switzerland

Gruyères : Switzerland | Jan 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM PST
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Medieval town of Gruyères, Switzerland.

When I was in Switzerland I like many things on the whole, but the one that but I am surprised it was the historical small city Gruyères, capital of the district of the same name in the Canton of Freiburg, to 35 km of Freiburg. This city is of medieval time, this envelope a hill, in an area alpine pre, up of the river Saane. The castle was built between 1270 and 1282, it is summoned strategically and fortified to repel blockades. Their design and construction is of Gothic period. This is an unique construction.

It was occupying their castle, nineteen noblemen, among the centuries 11 and 16. The last of them, Michel, with financial many problems ends up in the bankruptcy in 1554. Their creditors the cantons of Freiburg and Berne share their county among them. From 1555 at 1798, the castle transformed into the officials' of justice residence. In 1849 the castle was put for sale and they are sold to the families Bovy and Balland that lodged in the castle during the summers. They restored it with the help of their painting friends. The castle was bought again by the canton of Freiburg in 1938, transformed into museum and open to the public. From 1993, a foundation takes charge of its conservation.

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The entrance to the Castle of Gruyères, Switzerland.
The entrance to the Castle of Gruyères, Switzerland.
CATALINABELEMAR is based in Madrid, Madrid, Spain, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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