Münsterhof (Cathedral Place), Zurich

In 2003 the voters of Zurich decided that the Münsterhof, which had become in effect a giant car park and had lost its function as a central event space in the city, should be redesigned and made traffic-free from 2014. Because this area around Fraumünster Abbey was very important for the history of the city dating back over 2,000 years, it was agreed that an archaeological examination of the ground should be made and an area of 800 square metres (8,600 square feet) excavated.
The Münsterhof had been archaeologically examined before in the 1970s, but there was thought to be still a lot to learn, especially about the original creation of the square around 1300, when we know a chapel and a number of houses were demolished, and part of the old monastic graveyard was given up. At that time the Abbess was extremely important and powerful, and it is thought she wanted a place to stage political and cultural events in Zurich, there being no other square at that time.
The photos were taken on 4th September 2015, when excavations and redevelopment of the Münsterhof was still going on.
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