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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  • We weren’t able to take a tour of the building, but we walked around the grounds and they are so pretty. If you’re staying in or near Brig, it is a place worth a visit a walk around.  more »
  • One a very cold morning we investigated the place and you will not be disappointed if you visit a very imposing impressive building a must see if in the area and set in such beautiful surroundings  more »
  • with a nice walk through the core old arrive in front of the Palace Stockalper. There is the opportunity to make a guided tour, but only the exterior worth.
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  • If you are in the area, this is definitely worth a stop to explore the history behind Stockalper, quite a fascinating guy
  • Brig is a town of grandeur you wouldn't expect up in a valley like this. Worth a visit. Lovely old city.
  • Great highlight in the old town. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Beautiful Castle grounds and garden
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Most accommodations in Brig lie south of the Rhone. Here, you'll find standard hotels right next to the train station, and stylish boutiques and welcoming guesthouses in the old center of town. Wherever you end up in Brig, you'll never be too far from a startling view of the peaks behind the town's charming alpine architecture.
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