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Chapel Bridge and Water Tower

The Chapel Bridge (German: Kappelbrücke) with its Water Tower (German: Wasserturm) over the River Reuss is one of Lucerne’s most photographed monument and a symbol representing Lucerne. This bridge was built in the fourteenth century as a fortification with the aim to protect the city. It has been named after St. Peter’s Chapel, which is located nearby. The ceiling of the bridge is covered with paintings by Heinrich Wägmann from the seventeenth century, which depict moments of the Swiss history and mythology.

The Water Tower, which is connected to the bridge and located in the halfway between the two opposing shores of the River Reuss, is approximately 34 meters high and it has a remarkable octagonal roof. In the past, the tower was used as a prison, treasury and as a torture chamber.

Location: Old town, Lucerne, Switzerland

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