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House of the Black Linden

Our house was built in 1430 and is called "zur Schwarzen Linde" in english "to the black Linden tree". We have a very special energy being steps away from the Grossmuenster cathedral, one of the most powerful healing houses of Frau Zwingli that today is a sound therapy clinic, and having Ley lines that run through the house from the Cathedral up the Forch. Nestled in the middle of the old town our magical herb garden is now acting as a project for Permaculture in Zurich, starting with research into old original seeds and complimentary herbs and plants.

The stump of the grand Linde that once stood is the foundation of our rock garden. Among the Germans and the Slavs, the linden was considered a sacred tree. Unlike the deciduous oak, she was considered a female. Many places in Central Europe formerly had their village linden trees, which formed the center of the place and meeting point for the exchange of information and beloved spot for wedding ceremonies. At the beginning of May, dance festivals were usually held under this tree - some of which were also known as dance linden trees.

Village courts were usually held here, a tradition that goes back to the Germanic court meeting of free people. About 850 places in Germany have names that are due to the linden tree. The name of the city of Leipzig, for example, derives from the Sorbian word Lipsk and means Linden-Ort. The Baden-Württemberg city of Neuenstadt am Kocher used to be called Neuenstadt an der Linde. There was an ancient summer linden at the city gate. Its low side branches have been supported for centuries by 100 pillars, most of which are of stone. The oldest mention dates from the year 1448. It had a circumference of 985 centimeters in 1865. Their last remains were destroyed in 1945 together with the city. Lime leaf tea (Ihlamur Çayı) is a very popular herbal tea in Turkey and in Turkish culture usual for complaints of all kinds.

 

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