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Feldkirch is Vorarlberg's oldest town, with parts dating from the Middle Ages that contribute greatly to the town's romantic character. Picturesque arcades line the narrow main street, and wrought-iron oriels festoon some of the quainter town houses. Marvelous towers and onion domes top some of the buildings, watched over by an assembly of imposing stone blockhouses, which compose the Schattenburg castle complex just above the town.
A number of luminaries have spent time in Feldkirch. James Joyce stopped for several months en route from Italy to Switzerland, saying later that he formed the basis for Ulysses here and that he gathered material for Finnegan's Wake. There is a plaque honoring him at the train station, where he spent hours every day observing people and trains for his writing. As a promising student, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle attended the Jesuit boarding school, Stella Matutina, which is now the Provincial Conservatory of Music. He wrote two short stories for the local newspaper, which are stored in the archives. And Thomas Mann used the same boarding school as a setting in The Magic Mountain.
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