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"The second wooden bridge - Spreuerbrücke" Top 5 Page for this destination Spreuerbrücke - Spreuer Bridge Tip by codrutz

by codrutz

Downstream of the river Reuss, the Spreuerbrucke is a smaller version of Kapellbrucke, the river being narrower at this location and the bridge being less used for crossing. Spreuerbrucke is worth a look for its macabre Dance of Death roof panels. These begin at the northern bankside with a little verse: "All living things that fly or leap / Or crawl or swim or run or creep / Fear Death, yet can they find no spot / In all the world where Death is not". The succession of images shows a grinning skeleton leading kings, gallant princes, lawmen, nuns, merchants, prostitutes, peasants and maidens alike to their inevitable fate. The final panel, predictably enough, shows a majestic Christ vanquishing bony Death.

Address: 6004 Lucerne

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  • Updated Jul 19, 2005
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