Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
gold frame, your choice. RtW.73.
Entitled – Bern. General View, Showing the High Bridge (Kirchenfeldbrucke) and the Cattle Market.
From a Photo by Stengel & Markert, Dresden.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Bern. – From the station of Territet-Chillon to the Swiss capital is a journey of about six hours over the Jura-Simplon Railway.
Bern, the seat of the Swiss Government since 1848, contains 47,151 inhabitants, including its extensive suburbs, and is built on a peninsula of sandstone rock formed by the Aare, which flows 100ft. below.
Most of the broad chief streets run from east to west; and the streets in the older parts of the town are flanked with arcades, which form a covered footway for passengers.
One of the chief characteristics of the city is its fountains; most of these date from the 16th century, and are adorned with grotesque statues of every description.
The principal artery of traffic in Bern is a series of broad streets (the Spitalgasse, Marktgasse, Kremgasse, and Gerechtigkeitsgasse), which extend from the Obere Thor to the Nydeck Bridge, a distance of one mile.
A bear is the heraldic emblem of Bern, and the animal occurs with irritating frequency all over the town.
Thus on the neighbouring Barenbrunnen, a bear appears with shield, sword, helmet, and banner.
Two other bears support a shield in the pediment of the Corn Hall, and on the banks of the Aare is the bears’ den, where several live specimens have, from time immemorial, been maintained at the expense of the municipality.
The Corn Hall, erected in 1830, contains a reserve stock of corn in case of famine, and below it is a wine cellar, wherein is shown a cask holding 8,800 gallons.
The Munster, or Cathedral, was commenced in 1421, and is 93yds. long, 37yds broad, and 76ft. high.
The Cathedral Terrace rises abruptly 110ft. above the Aare, and commands a really sublime spectacle at sunset, when the famous “Glow of the Alps” is creeping up the base of the Bernese groups of mountains.
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