Solothurn, a picturesque town in northwestern Switzerland, is well known for its special interest in 11. It seems that everything in town is designed around this magic number. .
Although everyone in Solothurn knows about the town’s obsession with number 11, the source of obsession is still a mystery, according to Oddity Central.
Some argue that it was inspired by a folk legend about goblins from nearby Weissenstein to help the Solothurn people become more excited. Later, residents began to love the number 11, meaning “goblin” in German, as a way to remember the merits of these creatures.
However, there are also those who believe that number 11 has a sacred meaning and prophecy in the Bible. No matter what, there is one thing for sure that Solothurn’s obsession with this number has been filled for centuries.
The first number 11 mentioned in Solothurn’s history was in 1252 when the first town council election selected 11 members. Then, in 1481, Solothurn became the 11th state of the Swiss Union and a century later it was divided into 11 protected areas.
Another good example of Solothurn’s obsession with number 11 is St. Magnificent Ursus. This project was designed and built by Italian architect Gaetano Matteo Pisoni within 11 years. The church has three stairs with 11 stairs each, 11 doors, 11 bells and 11 churches.
“Pisoni was very creative with this idea,” Therese Stählin, a local resident, told the BBC. “He was asked by the government to put No. 11 on the design and he did it, everywhere. Even one of the altars was made from 11 different kinds of granite.
The people of Solothurn also stick with number 11 in daily life. For example, they will hold special ceremonies on their 11th birthday, the names of local businesses and products also appear in this figure as “Öufi-Bier” (Beer 11), ” 11-i Schokolade ”(11- Chocolate) and“ öufiyoga ”(11 hours of yoga). Even outside the bank building UBS has a clock that has only 11 hours to indicate the time of Solothurn. At exactly 11 o’clock, this watch will ring the song Solothurn.
The mysterious relationship between Solothurn and No. 11 has become one of the top tourist attractions to this town and there is even a 11-themed tour.