Overlooking Zurich From the Lindenhof

Lindenhof, Zurich
Sculptural fountain near the edge of the Lindenhof, Zurich

This spot provides a glorious view of the Old Town, Grossmünster Church, City Hall, the Limmat river, the university and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Lindenhof was also the scene of numerous historical events.
In the 4th century a Roman fort stood on Lindenhof – and in the 9th century the grandson of Charlemagne built a regal palace as place of residence on the very same site.
This area continued to be a place for gatherings for Zurich’s inhabitants right up to the beginning of the modern era. For example, the oath sealing the Helvetic Constitution was taken on the Lindenhof in 1798.

Today, Lindenhof is a haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of the city and a meeting point for passionate chess players. Source: Zuerich.com.

Lindenhof, Zurich
Pigeon catching some Zzzs on a fountain in the Lindenhof, Zurich
Lindenhof, Zurich
Sightseeing at the Lindenhof, Zurich
Lindenhof, Zurich
The Limmat River can be seen below the Lindenhof, Zurich
Lindenhof, Zurich
Close up of the sculpture crowning a fountain in the Lindenhof, Zurich
Lindenhof, Zurich
Pleasant views of the Limmat River and Zurich can be seen from the Lindenhof
Lindenhof, Zurich
Botanical close-up on the Lindenhof
Lindenhof, Zurich
When in Zurich, grab one of these benches and enjoy the views from the Lindenhof
Lindenhof, Zurich
The Lindenhof looming over the Limmat River as it works its way through Zurich.

The Bessières Bridge

While in Lausanne, Switzerland, this summer, I enjoyed the views and photographic opportunities that the Bessières Bridge gave me. It didn’t hurt that the weather was beautiful at the time.

Pont Bessieres, Lausanne, Switzerland.
The architectural structure of Pont Bessieres can be well seen from this viewpoint.

The Bessières Bridge, the furthest upstream of the three bridges on the Flon Valley, was built from 1908 to 1910 and connects the City hill, the cantonal administrative centre, to Rue Caroline and the city’s eastern neighbourhoods. The construction of a bridge in this area had been discussed for decades.

Pont Bessieres, Lausanne, Switzerland.
The side of Pont Bessieres, Lausanne.

In 1839, the initial plan was for a suspension bridge. The banker and jeweller Charles Bessières donated 500,000 francs in 1901, and his brother Victor donated 50,000 francs in 1908 so that the work could finally begin.

Pont Bessieres, Lausanne, Switzerland.
View towards the Cathedral from Pont Bessieres, Lausanne.

In 1899, a contest awarded the work to the architect Eugène Jost. His plan featured neo-medieval turrets similar to the Cathedral at the entrances to the bridge, but it was then determined that they would be too costly. The bridge was finally adorned with 11-metre high obelisks and given a Louis 16th style to match the old neoclassical hospital nearby.

Pont Bessieres, Lausanne, Switzerland.
View of Lausanne from Pont Bessieres.

The deck has a metal arch with an 80-metre opening that leads to two stone arches. Its total length is 120 metres. As of 2008, the Bessières Bridge is home to an m2 metro station. Source: lausanne.ch

Pont Bessieres, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Early summer day on the Pont Bessieres in Lausanne.

Tamara Lempicka: Polish Art Deco Painter, First Artist/”Glamour Star”

Painting by Tamara Lempicka

Tamara Łempicka, commonly known as #Tamara De Lempicka (16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980), was a #Polish #Art Deco #painter and “the first woman artist to be a glamour star”. Influenced by #Cubism, #Lempicka became the leading representative of the Art Deco style across two continents, a favorite artist of many Hollywood stars, referred to as ‘the baroness with a brush’.

She was the most fashionable #portrait #painter of her generation among the aristocracy, painting duchesses and grand dukes and socialites. Through her network of friends, she was also able to display her paintings in the most elite salons of the era.

Lempicka was criticized as well as admired for her ‘perverse Ingrism’, referring to her modern restatement of the master Jean Auguste Dominique #Ingres, as displayed in her work Group of Four Nudes (1925) among other studies. Source: Wikipedia.

Exploring The River Liffey

From The River Liffey. Posted by Bogdan Migulski on 10/12/2016 (5 items)

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