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Tellskapelle Review

A shrine to Wilhelm Tell, the church is adjacent to the Tellsplatte, which was the rocky ledge onto which Tell, the rebellious archer, leaped to escape from Gessler's boat, pushing the boat back into the stormy waves as he jumped. Built in 1500, it was restored in High Victorian fashion in 1881. It contains four frescoes of the Tell legend (painted at the time of restoration), showing the taking of the oath on the Rütli Meadow, Tell shooting the apple on his son's head, Tell's escape, and Gessler's death.

Updated: 09-17-2012

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