Kapellplaz, Luzern, Switzerland, 2011

Kapellplatz, like Kapell bridge [small photo bellow], owes its name to St. Peter's chapel [Kapell] situated between the square and the bridge. The chapel, from year 1178, was the first church inside town but never became a parish church. It is located within old city walls, surrounded by façades of Lucerne’s medieval buildings. They are forming perfect setting for pleasant pedestrian experience without motorized traffic. Unfortunately, even on this rainy day absence of any opportunity to sit and observe this square or any other ambient within old town was obvious. There were quite a lot of very expensive [having Swiss franc value in mind] restaurants and cafes around but that was not what we needed. Be sure to have a closer look on Fritschi fountain (built 1918) on Kapellplatz. Legendary brother Fritschi plays an important role in Lucerne's tradition.
Brother Fritschi's grave is supposed to be under this fountain, on the medieval graveyard attached to St. Peter's chapel. The legend goes back to around 1450 and the most probable explanation is that there was a farmer living outside town making jokes whenever he came to town. Medieval town clerk and chronisicyst reports that Fritschi left some money to the Saffron guild on condition that they serve wine to the poor during Fasacht festivities. The guild is still fulfilling this obligation today.

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sociability
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ceremonial
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uses & activities
8
religious
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access & linkages
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social
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comfort
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residential
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image
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court yard
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tourist value
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total
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