Swiss “Stone City”

  We went all the way east along the left bank of the Rhine for about half an hour, and in front of us was a simple stone bridge that was not spacious. Under the bridge is the slightly turbulent, rolling westward Rhine water. Looking around, on the other side is a group of township buildings that are commonplace in Central Europe, with three or four storeys, red and white houses with stone and wood trusses, church spires in the middle, and old streets and alleys that belong to our ancestors. This is the famous “Stone City” in Switzerland.
  According to historical records, in the 11th century AD, King Henry II of the Franks decreed that a church named St. George was moved from another place to the Rhine River, which is now St. George’s Church in Stone Town. At the same time, the founder of Stone City was given the privilege of trading and issuing coins in the city. Stone City started from this. Since then, surrounding this church and relying on the ever-flowing river, the place has grown from a little-known ordinary fishing village to a well-known market state and expanded into a city in 1267.
  Historically, the scale of Stone City has never been large, but it has always been known for its elegant architecture and well-preserved protection. At that time, an arc-shaped city wall was built around the city, and a main street was built at the north bridgehead of the Rhine, which was mainly used to resist the harassment of foreign enemies, and the Stone City was roughly divided into two blocks, north and south; A number of beautiful houses were built, which became the most dazzling part of the city that can be seen today. Such as St. George’s Church, City Hall Building, Red Bull Hotel, Silver Dragon House, White Eagle Hotel, etc. The frescoes on these buildings are mostly from the 16th to the 20th century, and their major historical issues, ingenious ideas and beautiful colors are mostly late Gothic or Baroque. What is particularly interesting is that the mural on the wall of the City Hall is a picture scroll of the city’s history. The mural of the Red Bull Hotel is considered by most to be the most important work. It belongs to the early renaissance style and was painted in In 1520, it is said that it was painted by Mr. Schmidt, a famous painter at the time, for the mayor of the German city of Konstanhall, who was exiled here, and was later repainted on a large scale in 1885 and 1963. The Silver Dragon House is also worth mentioning. It is a well-preserved residence of a wealthy family. The front door does not look very rich, but when you enter the door, it is as luxurious as a palace. This is a folk museum.
  Stone Town, this medieval ancient city that has experienced decline and prosperity but still has a graceful appearance, seems to tell people something with its own true colors… If you have the opportunity to go to Switzerland, don’t miss the “medieval” to go for a walk. chance to return.

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