Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

Neuchâtelís Old Town is attractive, with about 140 street fountains, a handful of which date from the 16th century. The Place des Halles is overlooked by fine Louis XIV architecture Ė shuttered façades and the turreted orioles of the 16th-century Maison des Halles. A two-minute walk east, on Rue de líHôpital, is the grand 1790 Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), designed by Louis XVIís chief architect Pierre-Adrien Paris. The center of the Old Town are located at the top of the hill, accessed by the steeply winding Rue du Château. The Collégiale church, begun in 1185 and consecrated in 1276, is a graceful example of early Gothic. The east end of the church, has three Norman apses. The main entrance, to the west, is crowned by a giant rose window of stained glass. Within the vaulted interior, the transept is lit by a lantern tower. The unique Cenotaph of the Counts of Neuchâtel is located on the north wall of the choir. Begun in 1372, and the only artwork of its kind to survive north of the Alps, the monument comprises fifteen near-life-size painted statues of various knights and ladies from Neuchâtelís past, framed by 15th-century arches and gables. Beside the church is the Castle, begun in the 12th century and still in use as the offices of the cantonal government. The nearby turreted Prison Tower, which is the remains of a medieval bastion, has panoramic views over the town, along with interesting models of Neuchâtel in different eras.

The twenty closest neighbours in the database:

Berne (Switzerland) (40 km), Lausanne (Switzerland) (57 km), Thun (Switzerland) (59 km), St. Beatus Caves (73 km), Liestal Fasnacht 2014 (80 km), Basel (Switzerland) (82 km), Schilthorn / Piz Gloria (84 km), Augusta Raurica (85 km), Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans (88 km), Trummelbach Falls (88 km), Jungfraujoch (94 km), Lucerne (Switzerland) (104 km), Geneva Motor Show (104 km), Zug (Switzerland) (122 km), St. Blasien (Germany) (124 km), Zurich (Switzerland) (129 km), Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) (130 km), Château du Haut-Königsbourg (143 km), Dijon (France) (147 km), Rhine Falls (148 km)

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