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Basler Münster

Basler Münster
The Basel Münster (Basler Münster) is one of the main landmarks and tourist attractions of the Swiss city of Basel. It adds definition to the cityscape with its red sandstone architecture and coloured roof tiles, its two slim towers and the cross-shaped intersection of the main roof. Originally a Catholic cathedral and today a reformed Protestant 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 employed for building the Freiburg Münster. This building was extended from 1421 by Ulrich von Ensingen, architect of the cathedral towers at Ulm and Strasbourg.

One of the highlights of Basel is a wander through the memorably atmospheric cloisters adjoining the cathedral to the south, filled to bursting point with timeworn tombs and memorial stones. You emerge onto the Pfalz, an open, tree-lined terraced bastion behind the cathedral choir which overlooks the Rhine and gives views as far as the Black Forest.
Basler Münster
Basler Münster
the frontage.
the frontage.
details 1
details 1
details 2
details 2
the door.
the door.
détail of the door
détail of the door
le cadran solaire.
le cadran solaire.
Basler Münster
Basler Münster
stained glass
stained glass
stained glass
stained glass
cloister.
cloister.
in partial B&W
in partial B&W
the cloister
the cloister
low-light (dedicated to z)
low-light (dedicated to z)
view of the river Rhine.
view of the river Rhine.
the cloister, Basel
the cloister, Basel
epitaph
epitaph
cloister 3.
cloister 3.
Basel cloister
Basel cloister
cloister 2.
cloister 2.
le quartier de la Cathédrale.
le quartier de la Cathédrale.
le quartier de la Cathédrale. 2
le quartier de la Cathédrale. 2