Photographer's Note

Kapellbrcke ("Chapel Bridge" in German) is a 204 m long bridge crossing the Reuss River in the city of Luzern in Switzerland. It is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe, and one of Switzerland's main tourist attractions.

The covered bridge, constructed in 1333, was designed to help protect the city of Luzern from attacks. Inside the bridge are a series of paintings from the 17th century depicting events from Luzern's history. Much of the bridge, and the majority of these paintings, were destroyed in a 1993 fire, though it was quickly rebuilt.

Adjoining the bridge is Wasserturm (Water Tower), an octagonal tower made from brick, which has served as a prison, torture chamber, watchtower and treasury. Today the tower, which is part of the city wall, is used as the guild hall of the artillery association.

On the other bank of the river we can see the Jesuits' church of 17C.

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