Things to see if you are in Basel for a flying visit - Part 1
A few months in this beautiful land of lakes, mountains and chocolates…and …I am ❤in it. The scenery is breathtaking, and it is lovely to have clean air and accessible walking trails.
We have also been lucky, receiving friends (some of which we haven’t seen in years!). They all appear to be in a hurry, on their way to Xyz, with little time to spare for museums or walking tours. I find myself suggesting 2-3 places for them to see. Top on my list is
Currently celebrating its 1,000th year of existence, the building is situated on the side of a hill which overlooks the River Rhein. Well connected, the spot was, in ancient times (late BC-early AC), a fortified city, inhabited by the Celts and the Romans before being replaced by a cathedral which preceded this one. The temple was destroyed during an invasion by Hungary.
Not surprisingly, the Basel Cathedral took a long time to be completed, with various stages of work being undertaken from 1019 until 1500. These included a significant reconstruction required after the 1356 earthquake in Basel: the church was nearly destroyed and had to be rebuilt. It was also enlarged, and two of the five towers were rebuilt. Red sandstone was used for the facade and the Gothic style sculptures — colourful tiles for the roofs. The cloisters were added in the 15th century, and in the 16th century, the institution became Protestant amid the Reformation in Switzerland.
An interesting connection to Rotterdam! Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536) the Dutch scholar, philosopher and humanist is buried in this Cathedral. He died unexpectedly in Basel while preparing to return to Brabant.