Altdorf

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[German oo-ree; English oor-ee]
noun
a canton in central Switzerland. 415 sq. mi. (1075 sq. km). Capital: Altdorf.
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Altdorf (German ˈaltdɔrf)
 
n
a town in central Switzerland, capital of Uri canton: setting of the William Tell legend. Pop: 8541 (2000)

Uri (German ˈuːri)
 
n
one of the original three cantons of Switzerland, in the centre of the country: mainly German-speaking and Roman Catholic. Capital: Altdorf. Pop: 35 200 (2002 est). Area: 1075 sq km (415 sq miles)

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altdorf

capital of Uri canton, central Switzerland. It lies near the confluence of the Reuss River and the Schachen torrent, southeast of Lucerne. In the centre of the town a bronze statue of William Tell (1895) marks the place at which, according to tradition, he shot, with his crossbow, an apple from his son's head. The Tell theatre (1925) stages performances of Friedrich Schiller's play Wilhelm Tell. Tell is said to have been born at nearby Burglen. Landmarks in Altdorf include a Capuchin monastery from 1581, a medieval tower, and the town church and town hall, both rebuilt after 1799. The town is on the St. Gotthard railway line and has cable and rubber works and an ammunition factory. The population is mostly Roman Catholic and German speaking. Pop. (2007 est.) 8,595.

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