Elisabethenkirche (St. Elisabeth Church), Basel

Elisabethenkirche (St. Elisabeth Church), Basel

St. Elisabeth Church is an impressive Swiss Gothic Revival-style church. It was completed in 1864 and features a 72 meter (236 ft) tall spire. St. Elisabeth Church was the first church built in Basel after the Reformation.

Wealthy businessman Christoph Merian sponsored the church's construction. Christoph Merian and his wife Margareth Burckhardt-Merian are buried in black marble sarcophagi in the church's crypt.

St. Elisabeth's most attractive interior feature is its beautiful stained glass windows. The organ was built in 1862 and has been expanded to feature 41 working stops.

The church is now home to the first Swiss Open Church. The church caters to urban people from all backgrounds and supports the LGBT community.

The church hosts a special service during the Carnival of Basel. It also hosts modern fashion shows, panel discussions, and punk concerts.

St. Elisabeth Church has an on-site cafe with outdoor seating.

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Elisabethenkirche (St. Elisabeth Church) on Map

Sight Name: Elisabethenkirche (St. Elisabeth Church)
Sight Location: Basel, Switzerland (See walking tours in Basel)
Sight Type: Religious
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