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Munstergasse

What Is Munstergasse?

The Munstergasse is one of the many important historic streets in the medieval city center in Bern, Switzerland. It is within the Zahringerstadt, and it was developed when the city was being built in 1191. Until the late 1960s, however, it was parts of many other streets. It runs parallel to the Cathedral, and the entire Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Munstergasse is part of the Old City.

History 

In 1967, the Munstergasse was developed from many other streets. Parts of Kesslergasse, the northern part of Munsterplatz and the Kirchgasse were combined into Munstergasse. 

Kesslergasse was initially described in 1576 as the brand naew title of the western part of Kirchgasse. The westernmost area, betweenHotelgasse and Finstergasschen, was referred to as Vor den Barfussern around the year 1600 and in the 1800s it was called Bei der Ankenwaag or Salzlaube or Ankenlaube. Kesslergasse was a major fur-processing marketplace in the 1400s. In 1514, it turned into a major butter market and in 1178 A.D., it turned into a major butcher’s market. The area has transformed several times over the years. 

Munsterplatz originated in 1430 when the St. Vinzens’s Church church yard was done away with to make way for a brand new plaza in front of the new church. At some point before 1506, a couple of houses on Herrengasse were torn down to ensure that the plaza could expand to the west. It expanded once again, at some point before 1529, when three houses in what would at some point become Munstergasse were torn down. The name Munsterplatz was typically used in the 1800s and became official in 1881. 

Kirchgasse was the first name for Junkerngasse as well as part of Munstergasse. In 1576, the name was just applied to the part that along the cathedral, because the Junkerngasse part had been renamed Edle Gasse (which translates to “Noble Lane”) and would then become Junkerngasse in the 1600s. In 1967, the name became unofficial when it was renamed to become part of Munstergasse.

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