Sarnen, Dorfplatz
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Sarnen, Dorfplatz

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Sarnen liegt auf 473 m.ü.M. Es hat eine Gesamtfläche von 7'688 ha. Davon sind 6'858 ha produktives und 830 ha unproduktives Land. Sarnen ist Hauptort des Kantons Obwalden und liegt am Sarnersee, eingebettet in Wälder, Wiesen und Auen, umkränzt von einer strahlenden Bergwelt.

Um den Dorfplatz gruppieren sich eine Reihe historischer Bauten: Das Rathaus stammt in seiner Grundkonzeption aus dem Jahre 1418, die Dorfkapelle, der Dorfbrunnen trägt die Jahreszahl 1604 und der Schwibbogen (Brücke) über die Sarneraa beim Rathaus wurde in seiner ursprünglichen Form 1665 erstellt. Das Steinhaus (Dorfplatz Nr. 1) entstand 1546, das Haus am Grund (Grossgasse Nr. 3) in den Jahren 1588/89, das Rote Haus (Brünigstrasse 156) Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts. Alle weiteren historischen Bauten und Sehenswürdigkeiten des Ortes zu nennen, würde den Rahmen dieses kurzen Abrisses sprengen. Nicht unerwähnt bleiben darf aber die prächtige, barocke Pfarrkirche, die in den Jahren 1739 - 42 unter Leitung des damals berühmten Tiroler Barock-Baumeisters Franz Singer anstelle der jahrhundertealten früheren Pfarrkirche entstand. Die ältesten Teile des talseitigen Turmes der Pfarrkirche gehen ins 12. Jahrhundert zurück. Die Kapelle neben der Pfarrkirche, das sogenannte Beinhaus, fällt durch die kunsthistorisch sehr wertvolle, gotische Holzschnitzerei-Decke im innern auf, die im Jahre 1505 geschaffen wurde.

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