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Tyndall Monument

From 1861 until his death in 1893, the Irish physicist and alpinist John Tyndall spent his summers in the Swiss Alps, mainly at his favourite place, Belalp. After his death, his wife Louisa had the monument erected on Belalp in 1911. It was intended to express her deep affection for her husband and her attachment to the land and people of the region.

The memorial stone

The Tyndall Memorial stands on the Triembiel. The memorial stone, dedicated to Irish naturalist John Tyndall, is a natural erratic boulder from a nearby hollow. The stone is 4.75m high and 1.5m thick. It was carved and inscribed by the Naters stonemason Lorenzo Giovangrandi according to the design of the landscape architect Fernand Corevon from Geneva.

The inscription reads: Raised to her all beloved by Luisa his wife to mark a place of memories.
However, the stonemason made a small mistake in the second part of the inscription:
The municipality of Naters dedicates this site dear to him to the noble English naturalist, her honorary burger.


Tyndall Monument
3914 Belalp

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