The building of the railway station, built in 1871 in the neo-Renaissance style, is one of the most famous landmarks in Zurich and its main symbol. There is a modern shopping center under the building of the station. The ceiling of the huge waiting hall immediately catches the eye – there is a large modern sculpture that looks as if it is flying there. This is the guardian angel of the station by French sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle. Made in bright, vivid colors, the sculpture contrasts sharply with the predominantly gray tones of the building. There is also a large stone monument dedicated to Alfred Escher in front of the building. He was a famous financier, politician, government official, bank founder, and a man who did much for the construction and development of railways in Switzerland.
The Fraumunster Abbey.
Fraumünster is a former monastery church, located in Munster Square. It was founded by the grandson of Karl the Great, Ludwig the German. The church was a gift to his daughter Hildegard, who became the abbess of the monastery. During its centuries long history the church has undergone numerous changes. Its design has become the mix of different architectural styles - the naves of the church are made in the Gothic style, its transept features the early Gothic style, and its choirs are made in the late Romanesque style. The Fraumünster Abbey is mostly known for five stained glass windows made by Marc Chagall. Each of these windows has its own theme and its own color. The north wing of the cross aisle is the location of a large stained glass window with a huge image of paradise. The author of this masterpiece was Augusto Giacometti. In the end of the last century the site of the monastery was occupied by the City Hall. All that has left from the church is just a covered gallery around the cloister.
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