National Geographic : 1937 Dec
Photograph byB.Fransioli from Black Star THE CASTLE OF CHILLON, IMMORTALIZED BY BYRON, GUARDS A NARROW PASS BYLAKE GENEVA'S SHORE In its dungeon Francois Bonivard, who inspired the poem, "The Prisoner of Chillon," was chained to a pillar forfour years, 1532-36. The castle, onarocky islet just off shore near Montreux, commands a narrow passage between the edge of the lake and the almost sheer side of themountain (page 737). Totheright ofthecastle is the flat valley at the east end of the lake where enters the River Rhone, its principal feeder. Behind looms the snow-capped Dent duMidi, "Tooth oftheSouth." The seagulls in the foreground are a few of thousands that live on the lake, all expert at catching bits of food tossedout bypassengers onlake steamers.