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In about the year 1270 the Order of St. Augustine built a monastery church in the Gothic style near Zürich's western city wall. During the Reformation in the 16th century the place of worship was sometimes given a secular function. It served as a mint and a warehouse. Later the first Zürich university moved into the building. Only at the end of the 19th century did the people of Zürich remember their old church.
Tonhalle is a grand concert hall that has been dazzling audiences with its acoustic qualities and architectural beauty since 1895. Richly adorned with paintings, gilded embellishments, intricate moulding and crystal chandeliers, the Great Hall, or the Grosser Saal, of the Tonhalle has been carefully restored to its former glory. A beautiful pipe organ was added to the hall in 1988, and has since come to be the focal point of the hall. As one of the country's most coveted classical music venues, the Great Hall has hosted concerts by the likes of Vladimir Horowitz and Richard Strauss. With acoustics that truly bring to life the pure and melodious strains of classical music, the Great Hall is the venue of choice for music legends and connoisseurs of classical music.
The temporary exhibitions in the small Strauhof Museum are particularly devoted to literary topics. In the atmospheric rooms in the heart of Zurich, the museum has presented itself in recent years with exhibitions on writers such as Jeremias Gotthelf, Paul Celan, C. F. Meyer, Max Frisch, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Situated among the lush Park zur Katz that used to be Zürich's Botanical Gardens, the Anthropological Museum of the University of Zürich shows "treasures of a kind, as you wouldn't expect in this area." The list of countries from which the museum shows objects and rare documents in its permanent exhibition is long: Africa, Tibet and the Himalayas, China, Japan, Indonesia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Bali, India, Ceylon and Thailand, America and Oceania. Further, Völkerkundemuseum holds various special exhibitions and has its own library. All this makes a visit to the museum seem like a giant step outside your known environment.
The Kongresshaus in Zurich is equipped to suit every group's needs. Whether it is 10 people or 3000, the convention center has the amenities to host the event. With 11 different areas for conferences, flanks, concerts and exhibitions, a variety of services cater to the needs of the companies represented. Meeting rooms are equipped with state of the art technology, and if needed, furniture, decorations, food, and even an interpreter may also be provided. Located on the lake, this event center has successfully hosted everything from fashion shows to fairs, and is a house of leadership highly regarded by the town of Zurich.
The numerous charms of the circus await you at the Bauschänzli. The tents of the Circus Conelli annually surface, much to the delight of the hordes of loyal visitors. The holiday season becomes a lot more magical with these contemporary and classic circus acts. A profusion of colors, class acts and a lot of fantasy beckon you and your family; so check the website and book your tickets for this season's enchantment.