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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  • August 18, 2017
    Zajedżcie out there-you won't regret it, rest in the castle garden is an experience, the entire Brig nice and cute-hardly anyone knows about it and is a beautiful village at the foot of the Alps
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  • August 14, 2017
    Moderate cost, 8chf per adult and nothing for children under 7 years, and very nice exterior. The Palace is a beautiful architectural feature of the old Brig. The guided tour in German only (damage of carrier sheets in various languages) does cross several room with various paintings and antique furniture, many refurbished but overall nothing so fascinating or particular. To visit to learn about a little piece of history in the area, but for lovers of castles and palaces may not fully satisfy.
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  • August 10, 2017
    We have visited the Stockalper castle in Brig and took part in a guided tour. (free for Raiffeisen customers). It is fascinating to hear which makes Stockalper had his time. The castle is now used by the municipality of Brig. There were always people with much power and money. The visit was interesting.
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  • March 21, 2017
    Brig is a town of grandeur you wouldn't expect up in a valley like this. Worth a visit. Lovely old city.
  • June 1, 2017
    Great highlight in the old town. Definitely worth a visit.
  • August 4, 2016
    I recommend the guided tour! Only 8 chf and they start even when there is only one person.
  • July 5, 2017
    Historic and atmospheric
  • August 21, 2016
    It deserves a visit if you're in Brig

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