Jun 16, 2011

Grossmünster, Zurich

The most recognized landmark of Zurich is the twin towers of Grossmunster. Situated on the banks of River Limmat, the church is believed to have been built over the graves of Felix and Regula.



Felix and Regula
were siblings who belonged to Theban legion. They were chased from their home grounds. The fleeing siblings reached Zurich where they were overpowered, tried and finally executed. The legend is that the siblings stood up on their feet, carried their heads, walked up the hill, prayed and finally dropped down dead. The foundations of this church are at the spot where the twins have been buried.

The exteriors are quite plain with white and grey stone. After I became aware of this legend, it seemed to me as if the whole church is enveloped in a Godly aura.

24 comments:

Carver said...

Very interesting post about a beautiful place. Great shot!

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for the photo and the legend!

Cloudia said...

yes! You well show it!



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Photo Cache said...

interesting legend. i always wanted to hear stories about the places we go to.

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SandyCarlson said...

Talk about grit! What a legend. Great stuff and beautiful photo!

Sylvia K said...

Great legend, beautiful old building, lovely skies and a great post for the day as always, Indrani! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Carletta said...

What an interesting legend.
The church is beautiful!

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ladyfi said...

What a gruesome story. Love the pic though.

Emille said...

I was not aware of these twin towers (am originally from Holland).

eileeninmd said...

Interesting legend indeed! The towers are beautiful. Have a great weekend!

Ash said...

Beautiful church!

Onkar said...

Fascinating story and great picture

alicesg said...

Lovely photos. Wow did not know there's a sad story behind the towers.

magiceye said...

fascinating!

Team G Square said...

Every country and every place have different story to tell . Nice to know about this place

Pietro said...

Beautiful view of Grossmünster church and good explanation!

Kay L. Davies said...

What a sad but wonderful story, the sad death of the twins and then the church erected to their memory,
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Haddock said...

Its great to see that these old structures still stand.

Leovi said...

Beautiful photo, with those two impressive towers.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Lovely photograph and a lovely post too.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That is a powerful story. I'm intrigued now.

arabesque said...

the two towers looked magnificent. ^0^ a good one Indrani.

Jeevan said...

Great looking church! hum... There is a story behind every structure.