Situated on a hill above the Rhine River, the medieval Basel Minster remains one of the city's major landmarks, its duo of slim towers a dominant feature in the Old Town's skyline. Erected gradually between 1019 and 1500, the building combines the finest elements of the Romanesque and Gothic styles, its colored roof tiles visible from distant corners of the city. Inside you can see a 19th-century lectern carved out of sandstone and a crypt containing the tombs of Basel's early bishops. For a bird's-eye view of the city, the river, and the Black Forest in the distance, climb the church's southern tower. Plan your visit to Basel Minster and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Basel online vacation maker.
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Basel Minster reviews
This is a beautiful building both inside and out situated close to the river and city centre. Free entry (donations welcome). Interior and exterior carvings and medieval tombs. On an open square... more »
It is very impressive and huge cathedral from the 13th century. Many of the important people of basels history are burried here. Cathedral has very interesting location. more »
Not a lot to see as only the main area is open, but it's open to the public and is really a good example of a church that's 500 years old. Check out the stained glass windows and find the oldest burial (1318 was the oldest we found). Different from cathedrals in England with people buried under your feet and lots of engraved stones. The front facade is very interesting with the slaying of a small dragon.
This is a nice cathedral. It's definitely more impressive from the outside. Highlights include the stain glass windows and the choir loft, which you can walk through. I didn't climb the towers, but you can, in groups of two or more. The cost for this is 5 francs. It doesn't cost anything to go inside. the cathedral itself.
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