Sunday, December 2, 2012

CH-123014 & CH-129866

Finally a different castle from Switzerland. Everytime i get a castle card from Switzerland, is always the Chillon. That's a lovely castle but i'd like to see other castles too. This time i've got this nice Gruyères Castle.
Is not common to receive swiss officials but i've also received another card recentely, sent from Stein am Rhein. 

Edition G. Fleury
CH-123014, sent by Manu.
The Castle of Gruyères, located in the medieval town of Gruyères, Fribourg, is one of the most famous in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.
The building was built between 1270 and 1282. It was the property of the Counts of Gruyères until the bankruptcy of the Count Michel in 1554. His creditors the cantons of Fribourg and Bern shared his earldom. From 1555 to 1798 the castle became residence to the bailiffs and then to the prefects sent by Fribourg. In 1849 the castle was sold to the Bovy and Balland families, who used the castle as their summer residency and restored it. The castle was then bought back by the canton of Fribourg in 1938, made into a museum and opened to the public. Since 1993, a foundation ensures the conservation as well as the highlighting of the building and the art collection. The chateaux is home to the HR Giger museum. - in: wikipedia

CH-129866, sent by "mapson".
Stein am Rhein is a municipality in the canton of Schaffhausen in Switzerland.
The town has a well-preserved medieval centre, retaining the ancient street plan. The site of the city wall, and the city gates are preserved, though the former city wall now consists of houses. The mediæval part of the town has been pedestrianised and many of the mediæval buildings are painted with beautiful frescoes.
Stein am Rhein received the first Wakker Prize for the preservation of its architectural heritage in 1972. The award noted that Stein am Rhein was nearly unique in Switzerland and rare in all of Europe for the number of notable buildings in a compact space. It also noted the excellent care with which the city was preserved.
The city is home to a number of buildings that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. - in: wikipedia

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