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23.09.2017
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Built by Kaspar Stockalper "Le Roi du Simplon"

History

Built by Kaspar Stockalper "Le Roi du Simplon"

Kaspar Stockalper had the Stockalperturm built in Gondo from 1666 to 1684. He was one of the most important swiss entrepreneurs of the 17th century, and was known as the King of the Simplon. He led the import and export trade on a large scale and at that time was probably the personality most in view in the Valais.

In order to develop trade through the Simplon, Stockalper had a mule track built, reorganizing transport over the Simplon Pass. The Stockalperturm, strategically located on the way to the Zwischbergental, gave the owners an overview of trade between Valais and Italy. The tower was used by Kaspar Stockalper as a storage and transshipment locale for goods in large quantities. During this time the tower also served as an inn.

Even in the field of smuggling the Stockalperturm played a very important role. Thanks to the large storage capacity, smugglers were able to stock up in the tower with goods such as tobacco and coffee, which were then transported on foot over the steep slopes above the customs house to the other side of the border. The Smugglers' Fountain near the Stockalperturm recalls the great days of the smuggling trade.

Until the 1990s, the Stockalperturm was used as a workshop, store and warehouse by the owners. The flood disaster of the year 2000 destroyed part of the tower. Shortly thereafter, however, it was decided to rebuild it as a new benchmark for Gondo. Thanks to the donations of many organizations and the support of public institutions, it was finally possible to realize this project. The original idea, which foresaw the transformation of the tower into a museum, was rejected in favor of the construction of a hotel. The Stockalperturm now has a total of 42 beds and offers modern infrastructure for seminars in a historic building. The ancient basement features a small intimate bar