The Basel Minster (German: Basler Münster) is one of the main landmarks and tourist attractions of the Swiss city of Basel. It adds definition to the cityscape with its red sandstone architecture and coloured roof tiles, its two slim towers and the cross-shaped intersection of the main roof. The Münster is listed as a heritage site of national significance.
Originally a Catholic cathedral and today a reformed Protestant church, it was built between 1019 and 1500 in Romanesque and Gothic styles. The late Romanesque building was destroyed by the 1356 Basel earthquake and rebuilt by Johannes Gmünd, who was at the same time employed for building the Freiburg Münster. This building was extended from 1421 by Ulrich von Ensingen, architect of the cathedral towers at Ulm and Strasbourg. The southern tower was completed in 1500 by Hans von Nußdorf.
The hill on which the Minster is located today was already a building site in the late Celtic Era in first century BC. A pre-Roman rampart (Murus Gallicus) was uncovered during archeological excavations. Both gate constructions and the historical run of the street can be partly retraced. This road parted at today's position of the Minster where once assumedly was a small temple which later was replaced by a Roman fort.
The first bishop of Basel is claimed to be Justinianus 343-346 AC. The bishop's see was relocated from Kaiseraugst (Augusta Raurica) to Minster hill during the Early Middle Ages. According to the archeologist Hans Rudolf Sennhauser this transfer presumably took place at the beginning of the seventh Century under bishop Ragnacharius, a former monk of monastery Luxeuil. There is no historical evidence for (the existence) of a cathedral before the ninth century.
The above was taken from a lengthy article on Wikipedea.
The image was originally shot on Agfa CT21 slide film and has since been transferred to digital. Apologies for any shortcomings and lack of sharpness due to age and the transfer process.
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lousat (95942) 2013-02-07 1:48
Hi Stephen,this perspective remember me a bit Budapest..eheh...beautiful and rich composition whit excellent quality as usual,magnificent roff design.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
timecapturer (49288) 2013-02-07 2:21
a wonderfully colourful shot of this old town and its superb minster. A nice transition into digital with no loss of appeal and beauty. Captivating!
Regards - Brian.
tedesse (25135) 2013-02-07 2:58
Great postcard from Basel.
Excellent POV and composition with interesting architecture on the banks of the Rhine and the beautiful Basel cathedral towers in the background. Nice colors and good sharpness scan performed.
Have a nice day
Fis2 (104024) 2013-02-07 3:30
Next interesting photo from your archive.
I like POV and composition.
I like it.
Sergiom (86105) 2013-02-07 5:27
Tu nous fait faire le tour de tes archives ces derniers jours et je crois que ton scanner manque un petit peu de netteté sur toutes les photos même si on constate que l'originale était elle très bien exécutée.
batalay (39959) 2013-02-07 5:35
I like very much the expansive shot, complemented by a highly informative note. Knowing that it was shot 32 1/2 years ago, but before reading your note, I tried to guess the film that you used. My guess was that it was slide film, but neither Kodachrome, nor Fujichrome... At then juncture, I read the note and Agfachrome emerged as the answer to my query. Are those visitors standing on the landing, posing to offer scale?
Warm regards, Stephen,
carlo62 (53324) 2013-02-07 5:47
leggendo la tua nota, ho visto che hai fotografato con Agfa, pensa che negli anni '90 ho lavorato per quella azienda, ma esisteva già il CT100.
Nicou (148566) 2013-02-07 7:13
Très très belle vue de Basel superbe quelle église qui domine le tout avec le Rhin à ses pieds un beau ciel une splendeur.
Bravo et amitié
jlbrthnn (76039) 2013-02-07 10:00
Le cadrage sur la diagonale induit une agréable impression de profondeur. La lumière et les couleurs sont agréables. Bonne qualité de la numérisation.
thebest (4276) 2013-02-07 19:47
Forgive the delay in responding - there never seems to be enough hours in the day especially when we are snowed under with work... I keep a list of my critics so I do not forget anyone...
I like this photo of yours it shows us so many interesting things to look at - what I love is the coloured roof of The Basel Minster - incredible - lovely photo & great notes.
pierrefonds (69835) 2013-02-08 15:21
The trees are framing well the buildings. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the church and of the buildings. The length of the river is giving depth to the composition. Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (62903) 2013-02-09 1:01
A classical postcard along the river. I like the impressive and solid architecture. Like a fortress against the passing time. Well taken.
ikeharel (76209) 2013-02-09 4:32
Last time in basel was in 6/2006 and saw the same scenery: had not changed for centuries, beautiful on the Rhine river banaks.
scan quality show the good light and vivid colors collected, back in time.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
serp2000 (45336) 2014-02-02 6:25
I sure this view is not changed from 1981, just a somewhere in time. Good postcard style, I like this view of Basel, thanks for so informative note.
Good quality for a scanned photo, I have got some slides from the past too. Not time for work with them.