Spreuerbruecke, Lucerne Overview

The other famous bridge in Lucerne, weaving it's way across the Reuss. It was completely constructed in 1408, and is also built in the same wooden covered style.

The Spreuerbruecke was first constructed in the 13th century, to connect the mills on the right bank of the Reuss to the mills in the centre of the river. The second half of the bridge constructed in 1408, connected the centre to the left bank. Along the bridge, are paintings in triangular frames, known as Totentanz, or the Dance of Death. These were all made during the 17th century, by Kaspar Meglinger his students. Some of these contain the potraits of the donors, and explanations of the paitnings are inscribed on the frames. This collection of 45 paintings, which initially used to be 67 but were lost in a flood in 1566, is the largest known Totentanz cycle in the world.

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