Das Basler Münster

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Münsterplatz 9, Basel, Switzerland
www.baslermuenster.ch - +41/61 272 9157

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Basel's Cathedral Mar 31, 2011
I am not into churches in general, but still I like to have a look inside. It's impressive how gorgeous the interior of cathedrals are. The visit of the cathedral in Basel should be accompanied by a walk. It's a short but very nice walk from the Middle Bridge to the cathedral. It is situated superior, so you will also have a great look down to the Rhine and a bit of the city. Outside the cathedral is like a small park with some benches to sit on and enjoy the view and the ease.

If you would like to have a guided tour, you should get in touch with the tourism office in Basel. Otherwise just walk by yourself and enjoy.
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A Centerpiece of Basel Feb 19, 2006
Rising above the shores of the Rhine stand the spires (bell towers) of the Basel Munster, majestic and inviting to any visitor in this small city of Basel in Switzerland. It is built from red sandstone and you can't miss it, and I would say shouldn't miss it. Built in the later 12th and early 13th century, it's a nice example of the later Romanesque period architecture. It has had a long history since then in art, architecture and some notable permanent residents too, if you don't mind visiting them in their place of eternal rest.

Erasmus resides here and I praised my folly on visiting him here. During his life he was an important figure (as a so-called Humanist) in the Reformation & Renaissance period. His famous Moriae encomium essay, otherwise known as "The Praise of Folly" today was an important work. It was, you might say, also an early 16th century bestseller. For the text, if interested, see: (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1509erasmus-folly.asp).

Also in permanent residence here is Jacob Bernoulli, who was one of the famous mathematicians of the Bernoulli family generations. He made many contributions in the 17th century to the calculus of the day and in the field of probability. He is an important figure in history on a par with Erasmus. His grave depicts a mathematical spiral with the motto (Eadem mutate resurgo) meaning "Changed and yet the same, I rise again". It's a nice plaque in tribute. I understand Bernoulli wanted a logarithmic spiral, but got an Archimedean one instead. Oh, well, and such is life and death!

Well, enough about the history. The Basel Munster is a cathedral that does stands out when walking along the Rhine, but when approached from inside the city, it rather just appears as you turn the corner and have a 'Wow" moment in seeing it up close. There is a great open space around it to enjoy the architecture and there are cloisters in and around it to enjoy as well. You can visit Erasmus and J. Bernoulli inside. It's not grand inside, or brightly lighted, but offers a more subtle experience I appreciated and found refreshing actually. There were many places here to sit in quiet with your own thoughts too without being overwhelmed. I enjoyed it here in peace for a while.
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It's has pleasant spaces inside
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jenniferhibbard says:
I always liked your In Praise of Folly/Erasmus musings with your blog on Basel. Glad you turned it into a review on the cathedral. Interesting, as always
Posted on: Jul 13, 2013
rsvpme says:
Brian..Do like this review...it resonates with my university courses...Erasmus....very well done with your great touch. I smell feature.
Posted on: Jul 13, 2013
missandrea81 says:
Nice one, Brian. I can appreciate the background information on the architecture and famous names attached.
Posted on: Jul 13, 2013

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