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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.
canton, central Switzerland, traversed by the steep-sided valleys of the Reuss River and its tributaries. About one-half of the canton's area is reckoned as productive. Forests occupy part of the canton, and more than 20 percent of the unproductive area in Uri is covered with glaciers. The highest summit in Uri is the Dammastock (11,909 feet [3,630 m]), north of the Furka Pass