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The photo shows red sandstone façade of Basel’s City Hall (known as Rathaus, literally means "council house").

This is a five hundred years old building dominating the famous Basel’s Marktplatz. Every day except Sunday, fresh vegetables, fruit and flowers are on sale here.

The City Hall houses the meetings of the Cantonal Parliament as well as the Cantonal Government of the canton of Basel-Stadt.

The City Hall has been located in this place since the 14th century, well away from the seat of the former ruler of the city, the Prince-Bishop, who resided on the Cathedral Hill.
This separation shows that the burghers of the town, with their growing economic strength in the 14th century, sought independence from the bishop. It was also the craftsmen organised into 15 guilds who, in 1501, carried through the council's decision to join the Swiss Confederation. Do not miss this place when are you in Switzerland.
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