Founded in the 9th century by King Louis the
German as a gift for his daughter, the Fraumünster convent enjoyed significant
wealth and the patronage of various kings. In an early example of girl power,
from the 9th-13th centuries, the abbess was effectively
ruler of the city, with the right to mint coins, raise customs duties and
appoint the mayor until the nascent guild movement and, later, the Reformation diminished
her political power.
A must visit even for the irreligious, the big draw are
Marc Chagall’s jewel-like stained glass windows; a five part series each depicting
a Christian story in an explosion of colour.