Sunday, January 4, 2009

Château de Chillon - Switzerland

It's a sunny day outside, not necessarily warm, but i'm stuck at home because i need to clean my room. Before that i wanted to post something from Switzerland. After seeing my available swiss cards, i deciced to post all my Château de Chillon cards. Some of the cards are from my brother and my cousin and 1 of them is an official card.

"Chillon Castle was built on a rocky inlet near the eastern shore of Lake Geneva (Lac Leman), Switzerland, not far from Montreux. The castle consists of 100 independent buildings that were gradually connected and now form a single whole.

There was a castle here as early as the ninth century, built to protect one of the main roads to the Great St. Bernard pass to Italy. From the mid 12th century, the castle was home to the Counts of Savoy, and it was greatly expanded in the 13th century by Pietro II. The Castle was never taken in a siege, but did change hands through treaties.

It was made popular by Lord Byron, who wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon (1816) about François de Bonivard, a Genevois monk and politician who was imprisoned there from 1530 to 1536. The castle is one of the settings in Henry James's novella Daisy Miller (1878).

Chillon now hosts a museum with some historical objects preserved and is open to public tours.

Lake Leman lies by Chillon’s walls:
A thousand feet in depth below
Its massy waters meet and flow...
There are seven pillars of Gothic mould,
In Chillon’s dungeons deep and old,
There are seven columns massy and grey,
Dim with a dull imprison’d ray,
A sunbeam which hath lost its way…
Lord Byron, The Prisoner of Chillon

1 comment:

niger1437 said...

i am christine from PENANG,MALAYSIA!!
Do you want to swap a postcard with me??
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i love the cards no.1,2,3...