Curiosities

Guex Monument
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On the Gotthard Pass one can admire the monument dedicated to the famous Swiss aviator Guex, who died for the motherland in the Alpine region of the Gotthard. The work was realized in 1928 by Fausto Agnelli.

Tremola
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The Tremola road, paved in granite, is considered Switzerland’s longest historical road monument. It is situated on the Southern side and connects Airolo to the Gotthard Pass through numerous curves. Visitors may take a trip by coach, as in the first half of the 19th century, along this fascinating and tortuous road. The old road is still practicable.

The Devil’s bridge (Il ponte del Diavolo)
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The Devil’s bridge in the Schöllenen gorges, on the Northern side, is a historical and legendary place as it was an obligatory passage for all travellers and scene of furious battles. The bridge was built between 1828 and 1830 by Swiss engineer Karl Emanuel Müller (1804-1869) and, today, one can only see the remains of the bridge’s original foundations. The new Devil’s bridge was built between 1955 and 1956. The fresco on the wall representing the devil was painted by the famous Swiss painter and poet Heinrich Danioth (1896-1953), who was native of the Orsera Valley.

The Monument to Suvorov
 

In 1799 the Devil’s bridge was scene of a furious battle in which the Russians, led by General Suvorov, defeated the French. The Monument to Suvarov, chiseled into the gorge’s rock in 1899, commemorates the dead Russian soldiers. In 2009, during a State visit, Russian President Dimitri Medvedev visited the historical place.