Thirteen Old Places

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The Thirteen Ancient Places and the area they directly dominated in the 18th century
Scheme of the structure of the old Confederation in the 18th century
The Thirteen Places of the Swiss Confederation, engraving from 1572

The Thirteen Old Places were the cantons of Switzerland that formed the Old Confederation from 1513 ( when Appenzell joined ) to 1798 (the beginning of the Helvetic Republic ) .

Member cantons of the alliance

The thirteen places were (the order corresponds to the historical count; the three suburbs in advance. In brackets the years of the corresponding alliances):

Zurich coat of arms matt.svgCity of Zurich (1351)
Coat of arms Bern matt.svg City and Republic of Bern (1353)
Coat of arms Lucerne matt.svgCity of Lucerne (1332)
Uri coat of arms matt.svgCountry of Uri (1291)
Coat of arms of the canton Schwyz.svgState of Schwyz (1291)
Coat of arms Unterwalden alt.svgLand Unterwalden ( Ob- and Nidwalden ) (1291)
Coat of arms train matt.svgCity and Country Zug (1352)
Coat of arms Glarus matt.svgState of Glarus (1352/86)
Coat of arms Freiburg matt.svgCity of Freiburg (1481), a community since 1454
Coat of arms Solothurn matt.svgCity of Solothurn (1481), a locality since 1353
Coat of arms Schaffhausen matt.svgCity of Schaffhausen (1501), a locality since 1454
Coat of arms Basel-Stadt matt.svgCity of Basel (1501)
Coat of arms Appenzell Innerrhoden matt.svgLand of Appenzell (1513), a locality since 1411

The parts of the Swiss Confederation that were not equal were not counted: the assigned places , the subject areas of the individual places and the common lordships .


At the end of the era of the Eight Old Places , there was the Stans Decree , which regulated the conflict within the Confederation that had arisen between the provincial and city centers around the accession of Solothurn and Freiburg. The subsequent expansion of the Confederation led to the Thirteen Old Places.