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Stones that speak to us

the stones are silent, the stones are rigid, stones are stupid. We think, maybe. On a scree slope that may be true, but there are in the country, in many places, stones that are single creature, the character will have to speak to us and things reports. About the bell rock in Laufen an old road: a four-meter-tooth, painted with two coat-of-arms and hung with little bells. Earlier the border between Basel and Bern, was in this place. Travelers had to pay customs. You rang, allegedly, the bells, and then the tax collectors came and suffered.

Many impressive stones in Switzerland, are entwined with stories, again and again, their reality content is controversial. The mystery makes them charming, arouses our interest. Why is the ten-metre-high Achistein in Bern means of Innertkirchen? It has to do really with the woman that was supposed to have been on the Aare, a garden, entertain, until a high-water wegspülte the beautiful planting and, instead, the stone left behind. The woman complained: "Oh!"

Somehow, that sounds far-fetched. In any case, but the people give the big stones name. Sometimes they change these also. The stone in the Küsnachter Tobel at the lake of Zurich was the first Wöschhüslistei. Then they named it after the recently-deceased geologist Alexander Wettstein in Alexander stone.

The great stones of the Switzerland connected with destinies. With legends, Beliefs and superstitions. And with the history of our country. That's why it should go – to the story. Many of these striking stones embody historical events and entire epochs of our country. They are witnesses of the time. Because stones are beings that can talk. We need to listen to them.

stone age

Amazingly, with all of its beauty and power, unknown to the Pierre du Dos à l'ane. It is secluded one and a half kilometres to the North of Essertes VD in a valley on the border of the cantons of Vaud and Fribourg. No trail leads. A plaque informs that the stone probably dates from the Neolithic period. Or from the following bronze age. It is a Menhir, a prehistoric targeted erect stone? Can be. The Neolithic period is the time in which people from Hunting and Gathering to a switch to agriculture. Villages. Only an organized community can move such a Monster of almost six meters in height. Standing stones, especially in the Romandie, a number of. They remind us of our beginnings.

the Roman

Conrad Ferdinand Meyer's novel "Jürg Jenatsch" begins on the Julier pass. The young Zurich Heinrich Waser wants to sign the two pillar stumps, than he is interrupted: A Darkling appeared and mentioned, water could be a spy – the story takes place in the turmoil of the thirty years war in the 17th century. Century.

The pillars should crack have is part of the temple that stood in ancient times in this place, five on five Meter base. The water, which portrayed it later as a sensational relic, was a pedestrian time. Today the car over grass, hardly anyone noticed the pillars, as you flank the left and right inconspicuously in the Grass the modern pass road. And yet they tell the story of the Romans, the pioneers of the movement in our country.

middle ages

The Great stone in Kreuzlingen TG in front of the building of Kreuzlingen tourism. "Indicative place of the 9 servants of the Mangold of Brandis 1368", it says on an inscription. The said nobleman, a monastery, Lord of the undersea island of Reichenau. A unfrommer guy who appears as a fisherman, just because the fishing is supposedly to be in the wrong place. As the chard with the Konstanzern landed, stormed this one of the castles of his reign. Mangolds nine servants, which they manned, or in Kreuzlingen. On The Big Stone. In the middle ages, that is sometimes as black as its reputation.

Napoleonic Era

Napoleon's program is this: away with the old order! The Ancien Régime of the Confederation is eliminated by the French. In 1799 the Russians, part of the monarchical coalition, in Zurich. The French, however, the Limmat store in Dietikon to the South. General André Masséna is your commander. 25. September, in a brilliant performance, to succeed him. After long preparations, a vanguard of his soldiers at night over the river and caught off guard by the Russian Post on the other side. Then the French to build a pontoon bridge over which more and more of them get to the other shore. Now it goes against Zurich. The French are victorious. On the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, where Napoleon's major battles are listed, Dietikon. A stone to it, reminiscent of the Limmat river.

Belle Epoque

The resort of Morschach in the Swiss Canton of Schwyz, on its terrace above the lake of URI, is a large hotel past. The druid stone, of then-tourism, is now in the middle of the Golf course. However, leads to a public footpath. During the times of the Belle Epoque, the attraction of the nearby Grand hotel Axenstein. Owner Ambros Eberle makes a romantic path on the Grossegg create. The Granitmocken, resting on a Limestone base, acts as an Altar: It is the creation of cultic guests fantasies, as well as the sounding Name of stone druids.


In the devil stone from Göschenen in URI's can identify as gewitztes Völklein. The Saying we all know: In the middle ages, it manages the Talleuten using the devil, in the background is part of a bridge. Then you betray the devil to his reward. As this will destroy said stone, his work carves a mother with a cross in the stone, the devil subito too heavy. He zottelt. 13 meters high and 2000 tons of the devil's stone. Today, he is humiliated on the edge of the highway in a drab angle. In 1973, they moved him to 127 yards of this Parking space because he was of the nascent motorway in the way. 300000 Swiss francs cost. The URI, the Swiss hang on to their stones.

Esoteric Modern

In acupuncture, he argues that places needles in certain body, the idea behind this is that the Meridian lines cover the body that you can stimulate. The artist is Marko Pogacnik, a Slovenian, is understood as a acupuncturist in Grand style. As a healer of the torn earth, in the he needle-like granite columns of rams in points, as he says, the lines of force across the continent. Such a litho point urstein is something outside of Ins in the Bernese Seeland to the right of the trail shortly before the top of the hill of St. yodel. Whether or not the Puncture the use? The earth is silent.

Urban contemporary

The St.-Jakobs-Halle ("joggeli hall") is in the area of Münchenstein, BL, the land belongs to velvet hall the city Canton of Basel. In it, the tennis occasion Swiss Indoors takes place, for example. The hall for 110 million Swiss francs has been renovated. And who dominates the brand new Foyer? A boulder, crouches as knorziger time traveler in the modern architecture and the Central pillar. An artist had to bring the stone from the Aargau, forgot about it, however, is that such chunks are often protected. The responsible chief officials were accommodating: "It happens, unfortunately much too rarely that geological objects are assembled duly in value as this boulder." The stadium-rock: a stone more, to the Public.

(editing Tamedia)

(Created: 19.04.2019, 20:31 PM)
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