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Monument to Arnold von Winkelried

Monument to Arnold von Winkelried Review

On the town square stands this 19th-century monument to Arnold von Winkelried, a native of Stans who died while leading the Swiss Confederates to victory over the Austrians at the battle of Sempach in 1386. The Austrians, armed with long spears, formed a Roman square so that the Swiss, wielding axes and halberds, couldn't get in close enough to do any damage. Shouting, "Forward, confederates, I will open a path!" von Winkelried threw himself on the spears, clasping as many of them as he could to his breast and creating an opening for his comrades.

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  • Address: Knirig., facing the Pfarrkirche St. Peter und St. Paul, Stans, Luzern 6371
  • Location: Stans
Updated: 09-16-2012

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