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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The top spire is now gone, replaced 1983-1985.

    The St. Johanns-Tor (and Thomas Tower) was built after 1356 and is a former city gate and defense tower in the ancient city walls of Basel. It is one of the three remaining gateways and a heritage site. It was formerly a part of the third mediaeval ring of fortifications that was constructed round the whole city (and incorporated new areas including the St. Johanns-Vorstadt) shortly after the great earthquake of 1356. In 1888, the Thomas Tower, …

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Much of its reputation is due to literary descriptions, especially those by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (La Nouvelle Héloïse, 1761), Percy Bysshe Shelley (History of a Six Weeks’ Tour, London, 1817) and Lord Byron (The Prisoner of Chillon, 1816). Chillon Castle is first recorded in 1150, but it may have been constructed several decades earlier. The castle was progressively enlarged and its defenses reinforced by the counts of Savoy, Thomas I (reigned 1189-1233) and Peter II (reigned 1263-1268)….

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Much of its reputation is due to literary descriptions, especially those by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (La Nouvelle Héloïse, 1761), Percy Bysshe Shelley (History of a Six Weeks’ Tour, London, 1817) and Lord Byron (The Prisoner of Chillon, 1816). Chillon Castle is first recorded in 1150, but it may have been constructed several decades earlier. The castle was progressively enlarged and its defenses reinforced by the counts of Savoy, Thomas I (reigned 1189-1233) and Peter II (reigned 1263-1268)….

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The Munot is a circular (ring-shaped) 16th century fortification for defense of the canton south of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen. It is surrounded by vineyards and serves as the city’s symbol. It was an artillery fortress overlooking the Rhine river with elevated cannon emplacements. It was already rather militarily outmoded by the time it was built. The city of Schaffhausen came into being at the location where trading ships had to set anchor because the Rhine Falls made it impossible …

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01