Photographer's Note

Friends left me the honor to tell you the story of this island...
I will try to take up the challenge!

Imagine at the beginning of the thirteenth century. The lords of "Pont en Ogoz" have just completed their castle. It includes 4 towers, or keeps, surrounded by a cliff and a moat having a drawbridge. It controls the isthmus by which one reaches the peninsula formed by a large loop of the Sarine river. In the bottom of the cliff and at the edge of the Sarine, are about thirty small houses; it is the town of Ogoz. Dependence of the Savoy county, the seigneury will become, with the partitions and divisions, the first bailiwick of Fribourg. At the beginning of sixteenth century, like numbers fortifications of the times, the castle will be cut up and will become building materials (explaining its current state). Hundred years later, the village will be deserted, prelude to its future disappearance under water after the Rossens dam building in 1948. Perhaps, as a way of saying sorry for falling it into oblivion, the Gruyere's lake will make its treasure of it...

To know some more, and in particular the legends "of the two towers" and the "bridge of Tusy"... (in French).

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