In the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the main focus is on the major cultural monuments, such as those on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Europe. In ETHeritage we are honouring the International Year with a series of loose contributions on rather small-format city monuments and sculptures in public space. Read more
Thirty years ago, on 28 January 1988, the tower chimney built in 1964/65 for the heating centre of ETH Zurich at Hönggerberg was blown up in a spectacular operation. Previously, a strong eccentricity had been measured in the 80-metre high concrete chimney and visible damage had been detected, which led to the decision to demolish. The new, lower chimney system with three steel chimneys Read more
There are only two days left of the old year. We would like to thank our readers for their loyalty and wish everyone a happy and fulfilled 2018. Read more
The Swiss animal catcher Peter Ryhiner (1920-1975) had christened the blue-eyed python Serata (Sanskrit for “beauty”) and brought it from the vicinity of Kolkata to the USA and later to Switzerland. The picture was taken by a Comet photographer on the occasion of the opening of the travel agency Jacky Maeder at Sihlstrasse 38 in Zurich.
Today is the 20th anniversary of Marcello Mastroianni’s death. On this occasion we present some recently digitised photographs of the shooting of Vie privée (A Very Private Affair, 1962) by Louis Malle in Geneva. Mastroianni embodies a man who travels between Geneva, Paris and Spoleto and has an affair with the model and movie star ‘Jill’ (Brigitte Bardot). Jill is being pursued by the press and the paparazzi and finally Read more
In the autumn of 60 years ago, from 23 October to 4 November 1956, dramatic events took place in Budapest, known as the Hungarian Uprising or Hungarian Revolution. In this struggle for freedom, the Hungarian population turned against the government of the Communist Party and the Soviet occupying power. Read more
50 years ago, on 16 September 1966, the new Metropolitan Opera opened in New York City. The building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The non-profit organization promoting music, dance and Read more
The Spook in Kyburg Castle is legendary and well documented. At the end of the year 1957 the Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte Zeitung made an experiment with the resident ghost and five volunteers. The question was: is the present generation still afraid of Read more