Snakes. Dragons and the Phoenixes - Switzerland

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We explore 800 years of history in a unique historic setting. Werdenberg is one of the few surviving urban ensembles of medieval timber buildings in Europe and has been placed on Switzerland’s register of heritage sites of national significance.
The exhibitions in the Museums of Werdenberg tell the story of the rulers in the castle and the ordinary people in the small town, known as the Städtli.

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Inside the castle, we learn the rise and fall of the counts and countesses, the everyday lives of the knights and bailiffs (administrative office), the later bourgeois family owners, and the final occupant. The castle's last owner, Frieda Hilty, donated it to the canton of St. Gallen in 1956.
Phases in history can be read directly from the castle walls. Extensions and conversions, additional floors, openings made for windows, and whitewashed interiors bear witness to a constantly evolving history of use.

Thus the castle, the Städtli (castle town), and the Schlangenhaus (serpent house) together form a cohesive narrative illuminating a historical landscape. Since 2014 the Schlangenhaus (snake house) has been part of a joint exhibition in combination with the castle as the Museum of Werdenberg. The castle has recently been transformed into a palace of culture. A venue for arts, music, and international festival Schlossmediale, special events…

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The snakes/dragons and phoenix are painted on the underside of the roof. At the snake house, the political and cultural history of the Werdenberg region was vividly told. Don't you worry, there are no real snakes or dragons, but paintings of snakes and dragons only.
Some local folk tales tell of phoenixes and dragons or big serpents. In the 18th century, a natural scientist from Zurich explored the region and recorded these folk tales in his work Journey through the Swiss Alps.
Source; Castle Werdenberg

Snakes and Phoenixsies are symbols of eternal renewal. Facade decoration could allude to the never-ending cycle of nature and thus symbolise hope for plentiful harvests and prosperity. The artists of this decoration are unknown.
The castle lies nestled against the small Lake Werdenberg. The lakefront once formed the fortified town wall.
Today the lake is home to ducks, swans, and coots. The fishies were swimming around, hungrily taking offerings from us and people walking by.

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