Ancient Buildings in Basel, Switzerland
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Probably the nicest ancient city gate of Basel: The "Spalentor".
Another city gate is the St. Johanns-Tor, which is located
near the institute of physics.
The "Mittlere Brücke" connects the two parts of Basel.
Bishop Heinrich von Thun initiated the construction of the first bridge,
which was finished in 1226. The old bridge had to be replaced
due to the undercutting of its pylons; the new brigde, show on
the picture, was finished in 1905.
The old bridge (1890):
When you stroll around in Basel, you can see statues of a mythical creature,
the "Basilisk", at many places.
Basel has been destroyed completely in 917 by the Hungarians. Emperor
Heinrich II. initiated the reconstruction of the Basel Cathedral,
the "Basler Münster" around 1000. It was partially destroyed
by the big earthquake in 1356, and rebuilt afterwards.
(Better pictures will follow)
Created August 3, 2003 by
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