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Dating back to the 14th century, the towers of the Rathaus or Town Hall, dominate the skyline of Basel. Through the centuries, this building underwent a series of renovations being expanded and painted over by the artist Hans Bock. The present-day Rathaus has mixed elements of Art Nouveau style and the Renaissance Style. An often photographed building, this place is crowded anytime with curious tourists and passersby.
The Rheinbrücke, also known as the Mittlere Brücke, has existed in its current form since 1903-1905. Apart from the small chapel in the middle of the bridge, there is now very little left to suggest its rich history. The first wooden bridge was built in 1225 by Bishop Heinrich von Thun. It was the only bridge over the Rhine for miles around, which brought great wealth and importance to the city. The Käppelijoch chapel was built in 1356. Next to it was a place of execution, where criminals were tossed into the Rhine. Too many people survived this torture, so in 1634 they changed the punishment to beheading.
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.