Before leaving to another town/city I’ve decided to show you the Basel City Hall with the beautiful tower.
It is a view from famous Freie Strasse (Freie Street.
The Freie Strasse leads from the Bankenplatz (Banker’s Square) down to the Marktplatz (Market Square).
In the 3rd and 4th centuries it was part of the Roman military and trade route between Basel and Kembs in Germany.
In the Middle Ages it became one of Basel’s main thoroughfares. Today the Freie Strasse is the principal shopping street in Basel.
The present-day Main Post Office stands on the site of the former städtische Kaufhaus, where imported goods passed through customs before being distributed to the city's traders.
Extensive changes and improvements were made to the Freie Strasse towards the end of the 19th century. Numerous old guild houses were demolished, and many were replaced by new buildings in the Historicism and Jugendstil manners.
It is worth raising one's gaze above the shop fronts to the varied decorative façades.
The Haus zum Schlüssel opposite the Main Post Office is the only guild house to retain its historical character. It gave its name to the Zunft der Kaufleute (Merchant's Guild), which is known as the Key Guild (Schlüsselzunft). This was the first of the four senior guilds, above the artisans' guilds, representing the city's population.
If you are in shopping mood, and have enough money do not miss the Freie Strasse.
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snunney (75134) 2014-02-27 2:34
The oblique point of view gives us an excellent perspective on the beautifully decorated tower. The colours are vivid and the clarity superb.
Subhogen (3230) 2014-02-27 3:07
Nice facade of the building captured from your POV from the side. Again the contrast between the red and the blue is too good. The warm light has helped a lot to bring out the colours. Can't make out what is the blurred thing in the BG. Lovely colourful street shot from Basel, thanks for sharing.
dta (59121) 2014-02-27 3:50
Hello Miro ,
Excellent perspective and composition . This colorful Church is really attractive , especially in the superb blue sky .
npecanhuk (58264) 2014-02-27 3:56
Hi! Wonderful colorful architectural details! Very beautiful picture, with special regards to the vertical format, chosen pov, composition and colors! Cheers, Neyvan
adramad (32927) 2014-02-27 4:53
Shocking image, with the City Council with this unconventional deep red, the building is beautiful and you have captured brilliantly, I especially like the perfect verticality of the tower, beautiful facades of other buildings.
Ideals these vivid colors.
Perfect both luminosity and sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
Enjoy a nice day.
Fis2 (78834) 2014-02-27 5:16
Good frame and perspective.
Very impressive picture!
Have a nice afternoon
Sergiom (49050) 2014-02-27 5:27
On doit le voir de très loin cet immeuble d'un rouge très vif, tranchant sur ses voisins. La tour est de toute beauté et la lumière de cette journée la fait briller de toux cs feux.
williamcoombs1 (245) 2014-02-27 7:17
These photos of Basel are so vibrant! I really appreciate how well you manage the mixed light - something that I try to do, but not nearly as well. And the colours are wonderful!
Oceania (3870) 2014-02-27 7:19
The picture is so clear and sharp even in that large post. The color is vivid and beautiful. The architecture in Switzerland is also wonderful. Thanks for showing us.
Nicou (109778) 2014-02-27 7:50
sueprbe vue de cette tour de Bâle merveilleux quel cadrage tout en latéral sueprbe et ces tons ces couleurs et les dessins et décorations architecturales sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
ikeharel (47038) 2014-02-27 9:01
Would not dare shopping in Basel, Miro.
Once we had two cups of cafe' in town, for 12.0 sfr's...But the sight along this street is free and marvelous.
Just wonder why the building next and after the City-hall is looking blured on the image.
Red is beautifully liten on the bright day, with details hsown immaculately against the blue sky.
kato (10597) 2014-02-27 9:51
You're capturing well this place bt a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the big building with colorful facade and the tower. It looks like a strong structure in medieval times. And, it's also impressive in the painting on tower side and the statue of main building.
ourania (21500) 2014-02-27 10:02
the colours of your picture are lovely and irresistible, the strong light gives them so much vividness and the contrasts are delicious. Your composition is very interesting too. You show us much of the elaborate and imposing facades, there are fine architectural patterns and decorative features to enjoy. The perspective draws us into the frame effectively, the context provided by the street and distant building adds to our information and balances the composition. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
Noel_Byrne (16281) 2014-02-27 11:52
Wow, those colors are amazing! I have never seen a building as vibrant as this, and I would not be surprised if you could see this from space! You chose a fantastic angle to shoot from too, bringing in the life of the street, and the color of the street too. I think the blue parasols in the lower right are a great inclusion, as those with the red make for a true architectural rainbow. Amazing place and shot, nice one!
PaulVDV (18764) 2014-02-27 12:48
I've never seen such a vivid red town hall. Red like the Swiss flag! And we also find white colours on the roof but not in a cross-shape.
I think this tower looks like coming from a fairy tale.
It is certainly not a building that goes unnoticed.
Best regards, Paul
emka (67365) 2014-02-27 13:56
Hello Miro, Is this real? Such a bright red and funny colours of the roofs of the tower and turrets?? it looks like taken from Disneyland. Amazing. At first I thought it is an image created with the light but it is a bright day. I find it strange. When I travel, I am not in shopping mood and besides I have not enough money, so I just look at this splendid photo without any temptations.
pierrefonds (52624) 2014-02-27 16:05
The length of the street is giving depth to the composition. The presence of the people is adding life to the scene. The point of view is showing the details of the colorful buildings. The good luminosity is enhancing the beauty of the colours. Have a nice day.
Alco (5874) 2014-02-27 22:23
Very nice picture of that City Hall. The architecture of the tower is superb. That fantastic blue sky creates a nice contrast with the colors of the building. I also like the architecture and the colors of the other buildings. Very well done.
Have a nice day.
danos (80336) 2014-02-27 23:52
excellent the vivid and saturated colours of the image making the scene so beautiful and effective.I like the well chosen POV as the creative perspective.The contrast of the colours are well captured.
subhendu_bagchi (23699) 2014-02-28 2:11
wow! What a contrast between red and blue. I enjoyed your composition with this beautiful architecture under such a blue sky. Great depth and sharpness and with rich colour tone. Really enjoyable one. Tfs.
fabbs99 (13519) 2014-02-28 21:40
Excellent facade of this colorful building.It is sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done. TFS.
jhm (130684) 2014-03-01 1:11
You chose an excellent angle this cares for depth and perspective.
Also the buildings and tower are very pleasant to look at
Your picture is very well, and very attractive made in high quality
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
cornejo (24647) 2014-03-01 3:10
Hi Miro, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting building, with beautiful colorful tower interesting, very well captured in this interesting image, with good perspective, sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
eldancer1 (22463) 2014-03-01 7:54
I like the bold red color of this building, nicely captured with good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
abmdsudi (35378) 2014-03-02 3:31
Love the bold, rich contrasting colours of this shot polarised to optimum result. Excellent detail and exposed to best light and great composition. I have one point; the blurry vertical at the end of the red building i feel causes bit of distraction and i wonder why does it appear that way since you've got very great dof sharp in focus. That's my honest opinion, unless that glass building is indeed opaque in nature and not crystal clear transparent. Well done, tfs
mesutilgim (75604) 2014-03-03 4:04
I've missed this wonderfull capture from Basel !
Perfect pov and amazing bright colors.
Many usefull notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
Silvio1953 (109385) 2014-03-03 9:34
Ciao Miro, great view of beautiful street, lovely composition with a lot of people, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (10482) 2014-03-03 11:58
Never saw before a so red City Hall, mainly liked the tower plenty of ornaments and a mosaic or picture of a man on it
Well prsented, right and in a vertical way
Stunning contrast with the sky
Like the add at the front of the postcard sellers
Cricri (95455) 2014-03-04 23:54
Excellente perspective, des architecture colorées et magnifique, la tour est particulière, par ces détails, sa décorations et sa couleurs attrayantes, belle présentation
Gigidusud (11679) 2014-03-06 9:55
Excellent framing on this splendid architecture. Beautiful photo with fantastic colors. I like it!
jcpix (8380) 2014-03-06 19:35
Thank you so much for the very nice compliments in your most recent note, it's always genuinely appreciated coming from a fellow shutterbug! Another friend of mine just posted a picture of Basels town hall on Facebook from one of her trips, so your pictures immediately came to mind. :)
This kind of composition and color is perfect for the larger file size, making that vertical aspect of the tower even more impressive in stature. This building sure has a great presence in the city, and you've done it proud to put on such fine display for us to enjoy. Big, bright and beautiful with abundant detail and clarity...a super composition, the angled cut makes it even more dramatic. Good to see a location not often featured, thanks for sharing the cities character. Enjoy the new day ahead my friend. All the best.
Cheers from the U.S.,
- Copyright: Miro Susta (mirosu) (10224)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-09
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikkor AF-S 18-200 mm f1:3.5-5.6 DX GED, circular polarizer
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Switzerland [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-27 2:31