CHANGES ONE’S OUTER VISION”
Joseph Chilton Pearce
This is a lovely window box I saw in the pretty village of Stein-Am-Rhein, near Winterthur in Switzerland.
The immense cultural heritage of this medieval city is a major source of pride to the citizens of Stein am Rhein. As children, they learn about the colorful stories told by the painted facades of historic buildings.
These paintings, some biblical or historical in nature depict tales of wine, vineyards, crafts, festivals and a full range of human conditions. Themes vary from history or mythology, commerce or warfare to morality. Originally, the wealthy residents of these decidedly upscale dwellings had these frescoes applied as highly visible testimony to their affluence.
Stein am Rhein is widely regarded as Switzerland’s best preserved medieval small town.
The whole of the city is comprised of the medieval town center, the Vor der Brugg, a quarter on the left bank of the Rhine, the modern quarters, a few farmhouses, and the two islets of Werd.