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Top Religious Edifices (Self Guided), Basel

The churches of Basel are important cultural, religious and architectural elements of the city. The architecture is especially sacred, considering that despite most of the congregations being Catholic, the styles and design remain different. Some, for example, are constructed in a modern style, while others reflect the more ancient designs. Take a tour down the religious edifices of Basel today!
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Top Religious Edifices Map

Guide Name: Top Religious Edifices
Guide Location: Switzerland » Basel (See other walking tours in Basel)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Pauluskirche
  • Katholisch Apostolische Kapelle
  • Marienkirche
  • Leonhardskirche
  • Elisabethenkirche
  • Basel Münster
  • Martinskirche
  • Peterskirche
  • Predigerkirche
  • Antoniuskirche

1) Pauluskirche

St. Paul's Church (Pauluskirche) is a Swiss Reformed Church. The church was constructed between May 1898 and November 1901 by Karl Moser and Robert Curjel and features a Neo-Romanesque architectural style.

The apse is fitted with a stone pulpit that is raised behind a stone communion table. The apse also features a gallery, with a central arch behind the pulpit, in which the organ and choir are placed. It features artwork in Art Nouveau style including relief work on the church exterior above the main entrance by sculptor Carl Burckhardt, mosaics on the inner front wall by Heinrich Altherr and stained glass windows by Max Laeuger.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Katholisch Apostolische Kapelle

2) Katholisch Apostolische Kapelle

The Chapel of the Apostolic Municipality was built in 1863 by Theodor Ecklin. Ecklin was a popular local builder and constructed the church around four other religious institutions. The oratory is the biggest and most important part of the church. If you're only going to see one church while in Basel, Katholisch Apostolische Kapelle is arguably one of the most culturally important.

3) Marienkirche

Marienkirche, a Catholic church, was located in Clarakirche for nearly a century until the quarters could no longer accommodate the large number of visitors. Construction of the new church began in 1884 and was completed by 1886, officially making Marienkirche the first Catholic church since the Reformation. The architectural style of the building is neo-Romanesque. It has since undergone two major renovations.

4) Leonhardskirche

Leonhardskirche is a reformed Protestant church believed to be built in the 12th century, although the exact time period is still up to debate. Some base their assumption on the 12th century due to a collection of murals and graves which tend to point to that time. Regardless, Leonhardskirche has survived some infrastructure destruction and renovations, yet still maintained its neo-Gothic style.

5) Elisabethenkirche (must see)

Elisabethenkirche is a protestant church that was built between 1857 and 1865. It is the first church of its kind in Basel. Architecturally, Jacques-Ange Corbel, a Parisian sculptor, has designed a church that is very unique. The neo-Gothic style is evident, despite the recent contemporary additions.
Basel Münster

6) Basel Münster (must see)

Originally Catholic but then turned Protestant, the Basel Minster was built throughout 1019-1500 in a combination of Romanesque and Gothic styles. The initial Romanesque cathedral was destroyed by earthquake in 1356 and had to be rebuilt by Johannes Gmünd, who was around that time also employed on the construction of the Freiburg Minster. Starting 1421, the building was extended further by Ulrich von Ensingen, architect of the cathedral towers in Ulm and Strasbourg. The southern tower of the minster was completed in 1500 by Hans von Nußdorf. The square where it stands – Munsterplatz – is a pedestrian zone often busy during the year with various celebrations and festivals, e.g. Christmas markets, etc. Largely adding to the area's appeal is the wonderful view of the river Rhein.
Sight description based on wikipedia

7) Martinskirche

Martinskirche is a church that was built for the great Saint Martin. It is the oldest parish church in the city and has origins that date back to 1100. The tower floor as well as the core of the facade were added in 1287. After the earthquake in 1356, the church was completely reconstructed. Since 1529, Martinskirche has been used as a reformed Protestant church.

8) Peterskirche (must see)

Peterskirche is a church that was built in 1529. Constructed as a reformed Protestant religious residence for the famous Saint Peter, the venue eventually became a parish church in 1233. An earthquake damaged the building in the 14th century, however it has since been remodeled. The walls of Peterskirche are beautifully decorated with paintings, murals and carvings, some of which date back to 1400.

9) Predigerkirche

Predigerkirche is a Christian-Catholic church that was constructed in the 13th century. It is one of the first churches in the Upper Rhine to be designed in a Gothic style. The inauguration of the choir was organized in 1264 by Dominican Albertus Magnus, bishop of Regensburg. Despite the tragic destruction of a severe earthquake, Predigerkirche has maintained its beauty and elegance.

10) Antoniuskirche

Antoniuskirche is a Roman-Catholic church that was consecrated to Saint Antonius von Padua in 1927. The church is the very first design from architect Karl Moser. On September 13, 1931, four years after its completion, the inauguration was held by Bishop Joseph Ambühl. The big organ, a substantial element of Antoniuskirche, was built in 1931.

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