Basel Minster, Basel, Switzerland

The Basel Minster is one of the main attractions of the Swiss city of Basel. It adds to the cityscape with its red sandstone architecture and colored roof tiles, its two slim towers and the cross-shaped intersection of the main roof. The Münster is listed as a heritage site of national significance in Switzerland.

Originally a Catholic cathedral and today a Reformed church, it was built between 1019 and 1500 in Romanesque and Gothic styles. The late Romanesque building was destroyed by the 1356 Basel earthquake and rebuilt by Johannes Gmünd, who was at the same time for building the Freiburg Münster. This building was extended from 1421 by Ulrich von Ensingen, architect of the cathedral towers at Ulm and Strasbourg. The southern tower was completed in 1500 by Hans von Nußdorf.

Visit the former episcopal church, built between the years 1019 and 1500 in Romantic and Gothic styles. The crypt, the chancel, the tomb of Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Gallus gate and the two cloisters are witness to a fascinating tale of construction over a period of several centuries. The piazza in which the Cathedral stands is now a popular meeting place and is often used for concerts and events. The Palatinate – the terrace offering wonderful views over the Rhine – is the best-loved viewpoint in the city.

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