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Gerechtigkeitsgasse

Gerechtigkeitsegasse Is A Strange-Sounding Name. What Does It Mean?

The Gerechtigkeitsgasse translates to “Justice Alley” in English, and it is one of the main streets in the Old City of Bern. The Old City of Bern is the medieval city center of Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Along with its extension, the Kramgasse (a popular market street), it is in the most representative part of the inner city. There is the statue of Lady Justice, which can be seen on the Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen. It is the most famous fountain figure that Hans Gieng created. The street has gentle slopes and elegant curves that make it a truly enchanting street. Of course, the age, the shops, and the architecture contribute to it being an enchanting street as well. 

The Gerechtigkeitsgasse and its structures are Swiss sites of national significance. They are part of the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site that covers the entire Old City. 

One cannot reach the Gerechtigkeitsgasse by car without a special permit. You can get to it by bike or foot or on a bus that runs through the street and stops at either end of it.

History 

The Gerechtigkeitsgasse was the primary street of the town when the city was founded. It was also the main marketplace of the medieval city of Bern. Because of this, the Kramgasse and the Gerechtigkeitsgasse together were referred to as Market Alley up until the 1500s. At that point, the markets moved to the west, and the street name was changed to what can be translated as “near Lady Justice”, because of the fountain that was added there in 1543. The street was officially changed to Gerechtigkeitsgasse in 1798. From the mid-1400s to the mid-1500s, most of the food stores and tanneries moved out of the area, and it turned into a residential street for noble families.

Buildings

The architectural record of the Gerechtigkeitsgasse is really not recorded until 1600. The odlest house in the recorded history of the city was built in 1531. Nearly half the buildings have the imprint of the late 1500s on them. The early Baroque and Renaissance architecture is seen clearly in many of the buildings on the street, although there are only slight touches. Just like in the Kramgasse, more than half of the houses got new faces up until the late 1700s, reinventing much of the central and eastern part of the street in the style of the late Baroque.

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