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Tell Monument, Altdorf, Switzerland

Switzerland's national hero William Tell is a legendary figure and most historians doubt whether he ever existed at all. Though doubts go back several hundred years, William Tell's popularity as a symbol of resistance against government's arbitrariness is unbroken. Besides, German writer Friedrich von Schiller made him immortal with his drama. The real historical importance of William Tell lies in the impact Schiller's drama made in revolutionary situations starting from the times of Napoleon to our days. Allusions to Tell (mostly as caricatures) still appear in political propaganda in Switzerland at least once in five years.

See also: The Legend of William Tell

Wilhelm Tell monument was created in 1895 by Richard Kissling in Altdorf, capital of canton Uri where the hero - according to the legend - is said to have refused reverence to the hat of bailiff Gessler and was forced to shoot an apple off his son's head with his crossbow.

How to find: Map Lat=46.8817 Lon=8.6440

Public transport: railway station Flüelen, bus to Erstfeld, bus stop Telldenkmal

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Uploaded on July 16, 2006