Château de Gruyères

The castle houses quite a few splendid objects. It has a temporary exhibit: from the 12th of May until the 4th of November 2012, the museum is displaying Takawira Tuckson Muvezwa’s sculptures. Its permanent exhibit is housed in the “Fantastic Art Room.” You could discover the Château a little bit more by clicking here.

One of the coolest rooms–besides the Fantastic Art Room–is the Knight’s Room. The room was painted completely in order to cover a frieze bearing the arms of the bailiffs of Fribourg. Painted by Henri Baron and Barthélemy Menn, the room represents events occurring from the year 400 until 1476, all pertaining to legends held about the castle. For example, in 400, Gruerius, the founder of Gruyères, captured a crane and chose it as the representative animal; in 1476, Count Louis fought at the Battle of Morat against Charles the Bold.

With regards to the Fantastic Art Room, notice how practically all of the paintings incorporate the castle as their subject. All of the paintings are modern masterpieces, with the oldest having been painted in 1990, and the youngest in 2001.

If you can believe it, the pianoforte in the Music Room was built in Geneva by J. W. Braschoss in 1835, for Mr. Franz Liszt! God knows how it ended up in the castle. As for the severed hand in Corridor II, it is a real severed hand of a mummy from Egypt, and as there was an entire folklore associated with Egyptian objects, it was of high interest to the Swiss (well it wasn’t exactly Switzerland then, but you get the point).