In the city of Lucerne is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe, the Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge. A work carried out in the year 1333 and which since then has united the old and the new city, both separated by the Reuss River, a wide water course into which the neighboringpours its flow Vierwaldstattersee or Four Cantons Lake.
In short, the Kapellebrücke is a work of medieval art and engineering of the highest order, and even more so when you look closely. For example, one characteristic is that it does not have a straight line path to join both shores. Instead, it can be seen that it has three different sections, and this is due to the fact that more or less towards the middle of its length (more than 200 meters) it reaches a large octagonal tower located in the riverbed.
This is the Water Tower or Wasserturm, which is even thought to be older than the bridge itself, since it is estimated that it was built in 1300. Since Therefore, this construction has fulfilled several uses, from a prison or torture chamber, to a municipal archive, as well as a treasure chamber and a watchtower. However, it is believed that its original function was that of a lighthouse or lighthouse, and for this reason some say that this city in Switzerland. is named after it
The truth is that the set of theKapellbrücke and the Wasserturm are among the most photographed corners of the alpine country every year, and it is quite an experience to cross the river under this covered bridge, built entirely of wood. In addition, 111 mural paintings have been preserved inside, located in the eardrums between the beams that support the roof.
Paintings of the Kapellbrücke
These are wall paintings that represent practically the entire history of the city.
And within the history of the city, one of the most remembered recent episodes is the year 1993, when a large part of the Chapel Bridge burned, but logically since it is the great jewel and symbol of the city, practically as soon as the flames of that devastating fire were extinguished, the complete and scrupulously respectful restoration of the original aspect of the bridge was undertaken, so that the following year it was in operation again.