Stockalper Palace, Brig

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The Stockalper Palace is a castle in Brig-Glis, Switzerland. It was built between 1658 and 1678 by Kaspar Stockalper, a silk merchant of Brig. The Stockalper Palace was the largest private construction in Switzerland at the time. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.HistoryThe first building on the site is known as the Stockalper House, which was built in 1532 by Peter Stockalper. Over the following century it was expanded toward the north, but it remained generally unchanged until the rise of Kaspar Stockalper. Kaspar Stockalper was born to a wealthy family in Brig on 14 July 1609. After studying at the university in Freiburg im Breisgau from 1627 to 1629, he returned to Brig and began building an extensive trading empire. By 1647 he had the local salt monopoly and built a road over the Simplon pass which gave him a monopoly on trade over this pass. Between 1651-59 he built a canal from Vouvry to Collombey which expanded his trading empire. At the peak of his power, Kaspar employed around 5,000 people (at that time Brig only had about 900 residents).Between 1630 and 1640 Kaspar expanded the Stockalper House toward the south with a great hall, chapel and other construction. The great hall was decorated with a coat of arms in 1653. The chapel altar is black with silver reliefs depicting the Adoration of the Magi and the Coronation of the Virgin, both of which were the work of Samuel Hornung of Augsburg in 1655. A two-story covered arcade leads from the Stockalper House to the much larger Palace.
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  • The Stockalper castle is a great landmark of Brig. In the Castle, guided tours are regularly made. The dates can be easily from the Internet. The guided tour of the castle is very interesting. The so-called stock Alp ERG kinds, located directly in front of the castle is also beautiful. There you can relax wonderfully on a beautiful day. Movies on a big screen are shown in August in the courtyard of the castle during a week in the evening. In the atmosphere of the Court, it is a pleasure to experience such a thing again.
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  • The Stockalper castle was built between 1651 and 1671 the city Brig von Kaspar Stockalper. It is characterized by a beautiful four-storey main building, three towers and a three-storey arcaded courtyard. 1948 was the castle in possession of the city Brig. Impressive for me also the castle garden, which was realized in the years 2000 to 2002, according to the plans of Kienast Vogt. A visit worth it definitely!
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  • mpressive on the outside This massive palace is visible from all over the town. The interior is not very exciting. When we visited, it had a small but interesting exhibition about the Simpson tunnel.  more »
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  • One of the best sceneries I have ever seen. The surrounding is so beautiful.
  • The view is nice. Overall a nice place to visit.
  • If you are in the area, this is definitely worth a stop to explore the history behind Stockalper, quite a fascinating guy
  • Nice Palace in alpine setting
  • Brig is a town of grandeur you wouldn't expect up in a valley like this. Worth a visit. Lovely old city.
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