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Best Religious Sites in Basel

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Predigerkirche is located in the Quartier suburbs of Basel. Built between 1233-1237, the church has operated as a Dominican Order's monastery church until 1529 and also as French reformed church - Leutkirche. During the 19th Century, this church was taken over by Christian Catholic organization to reconstruct it as Old Catholic Church. The interiors are of special note at this church, especially the three icons of Jesus to the Virgin Mary, Archangel Gabriel and Michael.

Stadtkirche St. Martin is one of the oldest Catholic churches in the old town of Rheinfelden. The church dates back to the early 11th Century and is designed in Baroque style, coupled with strong Gothic influences. Over the centuries, the main building has undergone several changes, with a high altar and a large choir being erected later. Stadtkirche St. Martin caters to a small but beautiful parish; prayer services, community programs and choir events keep the church busy. It also doubles up as a wonderful space for music concerts and live performances. Call church parish for more information.

Visit the magnificent Klosterkriche St. Urban also known as Ehemaliges Kloster Sankt Urban while in the city of Pfaffnau. The interiors, as well as the exteriors, are all painted white. The interiors mainly consist of intricate plaster of Paris designs on the pillars, walls, and ceiling. The altar is eye-catching as it is decorated with many gold plated ornaments which adds an elegant look.

One will easily spot the Dom zu Arlesheim also known as Cathedral of Arlesheim while in the city. The structure consists of two domes with crosses affixed on each of them. The face of the church includes a statue of Mary while a large clock is seen on top. As one will enter the church view the beautiful and detailed murals on the ceiling depicting the Ascension. A large organ is located on the upper balcony which is usually used during services.

Kloster Mariastein is serene, tranquil, gorgeous and spiritual! The site of this elegant monastery-church is one of the most beautiful locations in the municipality of Metzerlen-Mariastein. It is the second most visited pilgrimage spot in Switzerland. Popularly known as the Benedictine Monastery Church, it is laden with a pretty facade, intriguing rock caves, silent prayer rooms and an erstwhile treasury that is said to have housed the rarest of rare gems. Besides being a top religious spot, Kloster Mariastein is a splendid venue for musical evenings and cultural festivals. Its VIP rooms, meeting rooms, lounge and library are available for public usage.

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.

Located in the heart of Muttenz, the Fortified Church of St. Arbogast is a nationally significant heritage site and a popular tourist attraction of the historic town. Dating back to the late Middle ages, the church is unique with respect to its architecture as its fortified wall ramparts are the only of its kind found in the country. The church today consists of a remarkable clock tower, a charnal house and a beautifully maintained lawn garden. A definite must visit for architecture and history enthusiasts.

Chapelle Notre-Dame de Vorbourg is said to have been built on the ruins of the Vorbourg castle on the outskirts of the city. Perched atop a high cliff, the chapel stands watch like a sentinel over the city and is one of the most revered Jurassian sights in the city. The fresh mountain air and surrounding trees lend the chapel a soothing and serene ambience while the minimal architecture has a calming effect without being overwhelming. The castle ruins above and the short hike through the forests are a few things to see while visiting the chapel.

Founded in the 12th Century, the Swiss heritage site of Bellelay Abbey is a breathtakingly beautiful historical and architectural landmark of the region with its remarkable Baroque architecture, stunning wall frescoes and intricate stone carvings. The current church and monastic buildings were constructed in 1714 and designed by architect Franz Beer with paintings by the Wessobrunn School. Today, it is a popular cultural center with numerous art exhibitions hosted here throughout the year along with classical music concerts, both organized by Fondation de l'Abbatiale de Bellelay. Open to the public, the abbey can be visited by groups in the summer months and tours can be booked in advance by calling the foundation.

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.

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.

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