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Best Religious Sites in Basel

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Two slender towers characterize this red sandstone church. Climb at least one to appreciate the stunning view. Although Münster Hill was already inhabited by the time of the Celts, the present late-Roman/early-Gothic building was mostly constructed in the latter part of the 12th century. In 1356, five towers were destroyed in an earthquake. The famed humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam is buried here. The Roman gate is notable for its many old stone figures.

The Peterskirche was first documented in 1219, although there had been a religious building on the site during the Carolingian period. The oldest remaining parts of the church, the west wall and the choir's area, come from the middle of the 13th Century. The nave was built at least a hundred years later. In the following years there were a whole catalogue of alterations. In the 15th Century, a sandstone tower was added and there are Gothic murals from circa 1360 in the southern aisle.

Martinskirche or St. Martin's Church dates back to the 12th Century and is considered one of the oldest churches in the region. Though the chancel and the bottom of the tower date back to the 13th Century, the church was majorly damaged in the 1356 earthquake and was rebuilt to its present facade in the later part of the 14th Century. The interiors of this stunning church are adorned with many artifacts collected from over the centuries which lure many art and culture enthusiasts. Besides being a place of worship, this church is a venue for several music concerts.

The Offene Kirche Elisabethen can be found between the Stadttheater and a busy road. It is the most important example of Neo-Gothic architecture in Switzerland because the decoration has been kept in near perfect condition. Following the Reformation, no churches were built in Basel until the construction of the Elisabethenkirche. Designed by Christoph Merian-Burckhardt as a symbol of the 'Christianisation of the State and Society', the church was built in 1857-1864 and follows the tradition of Protestant church design. In the 1960's the church was threatened with demolition and now it's home to the Free Church of Elisabeth, which hires the church out for social, cultural, and religious events from services for animals to discos.

This ancient church retains the aesthetic glory of the architecture of the past. The church designs show clear improvisations from the original pattern and several features are identifiable with a more recent style. The Gothic architectural pattern is the highlight of the church which covers the church with a mystical aura. Being a popular center of Christian faith, St. Theodor church has regular services and masses.

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