Beautiful Switzerland, with the transit routes over the Alps, has been a desirable location for centuries. the geography of the region had considerable impact on the region’s development and way of life. There are traces of mankind dating back to prehistoric times in Switzerland.
During the Dark to Middle Ages, bout 400 to 100, Switzerland experienced migrations into the region, from Asian tribes. The region was settled by different peoples. The Romans brought Christianity to Switzerland. Christianity brought new lifestyles to the region.
The United Nations, UNESCO, has developed and maintained a list of significant places in the world, known as the World Heritage List, which is selected by a committee. Of the 851 world wide properties selected for their outstanding universal value, seven are in Switzerland. Travel to Switzerland to see these significant historic places.
Switzerland offers travelers and vacationers the chance to view gorgeous scenery and experience the history of the region and of Europe. Following are the properties that the United Nations has selected for the World Heritage List in Switzerland.
Benedictine Convent, St. John at Mustair. The convent was renovated during the Carolingian period. The Christian convent is a art treasure, with Switzerland’s best series of figurative murals. The murals were painted in 800 AD. There are also great Romanesque frescoes and stuccoes.
Convent of St. Gall. Great example of a Carolingian monastery. The monastery, which is one of the most imports ant in Europe, was built in the 8th century The convent contains a library which is one of the richest and oldest in the world. The library contains precious manuscripts, including the earliest known architectural plan, which is on parchment paper.
The conventual are was rebuilt in baroque style for 1755 to 1768. This convent has seen 12 centuries of continuous activity. The cathedral and library are considered the most important features in the complex.
Old City of Berne. Today, Berne is the capital of Switzerland. The city has a long history, as it was built in the 12th century. Berne enjoys a lovely locations, with the Aare River and Alps Mountain Region. Berne was founded in the 12th century, with buildings added over a period of centuries, so there are a variety of styles of buildings there. Visitors find Renaissance era fountains, arcades, Cathedral, House of Parliament and Bendesplats, Zooogical Gardens and many more sights.
Bellinzone, Town with Three Castles, defensive wall and ramparts. The Market Town of Bellinzone is a site which has consists of a group of fortifications, which are groups around the castle of Castelgrande. Castelgrande stands on a peak which overlooks the Ticino Vally.
There are a series of fortified walls which protect the ancient town. The second castle is Montebells. The third castle is Sasso Corbanro. The fortress and castle buildings are considered outstanding examples of a defensive structures of the late medieval times. The fortress guarded a strategic Alpine pass.
Jungfrau Aletsch Bietschohorn. The Jungfrau Aletsch-Bietschohorn selected as a outstanding example of the High Alps formation. The area is the most glaciated part of the Alps mountain range. the range features a diverse group of ecosystems resulting of the stages of climate changes. The site is considered to have outstanding universal value for it’s beauty and for the information contained about the formation of glaciers and mountains. This geographic region has played an important role in European culture, including art, literature, mountaineering and alpine tourism.
Monte San Giorgio. The pyramid-shaped, wooded mountain is recorded the best example of fossil record of marine life from the Triassic Period. The mountain is the best known record of marine life in the Triassic period. Contained in the mountain are exceptional fossils.
Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces. Lavaux was added to the list in 2007. Vineyard terraces stretches along the northern shore of Lake Geneva, facing south. There is evidence of vines dating back to Roman times. the present vine terraces have been traced back to the 11th century. The Benedictine an dCistercian monasteries controlled the region with villages and small towns.
The Vineyard Terraces were selected as an outstanding example of interactions between people and the environment, which dates back centuries. The vineyards produce a highly valued local wine which has always been important to the economy.