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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daddo (22894) 2014-02-25 1:58
hi Miro. The building must be much loved a sit is in excellent condition, Wonderful details, a rich "canvas". Great light and perfect sky accentuate the finesse of the building. Regards. Klaudio.
subhendu_bagchi (25308) 2014-02-25 2:02
wow! What a shot! I like the razor sharp image quality and those vibrant colours in it. Great presentation with perfect light. Superb one. Tfs.
lousat (72855) 2014-02-25 2:08
Hi Miro,the style of your capture is the same of your last post from Bolivia,and the result too,truly beautiful with the best POV and light to take the best details and colors of this very rich facade full of decorations,great and interesting work,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
snunney (79973) 2014-02-25 2:16
The colours really jump out of this one! Splendid capture of this magnificent building. Superb colours and clarity. Very well done!
npecanhuk (61518) 2014-02-25 2:29
Very beautiful façade details!
Very attractive picture!
Special regards to the colors, exposure and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-25 2:52
What a nice view of this vividly coloured building. Like the many details you have captured for us to admire and enjoy. The ornate clock and the gleaming tower is perfectly placed in the frame. The contrast between the red and the blue is so eye-catching looks like the jersey of FC Basel :-). Excellent shot with vibrant colours and superb clarity, thanks for sharing.
Sergiom (55215) 2014-02-25 3:42
J'ai bien peur de l'avoir raté lors de mon séjour à Bâle.Mes amis Suisses m'avaient bien dit qu'elle valait le détour. Vraiment une architecture remarquable sous une très belle lumière.
abmdsudi (40116) 2014-02-25 5:13
Good effort Miro, it's marvellous looking building with the unique architecture and design with myriad of detail and delicious colours. The brilliant side lighting & blue sky has further accentuated the effect so immensely which you've captured the subject superbly, a smashing image!! Congrats
carlo62 (28305) 2014-02-25 5:35
magnifica facciata, un cielo perfetto per ammirare al meglio il suo colore e le tante pitture.
Bello scatto, non conoscevo questo palazzo, proprio bello.
adramad (35591) 2014-02-25 7:28
A strong attraction of this splendid the building, with its red color, paintings and decorative elements in its facade, captures our interest throughout, lovely tile-roof with geometric designs, and ideal small tower, along with the clock, are elements wonderful in the set.
A beautiful job very well done.
With good lighting and sharpness.
Have a nice day.
ikeharel (52945) 2014-02-25 8:18
See this pic. for an inside view of the entrance to this beautiful building.
fabulous shine under the bright daylight, stunning red tone and golden decorations, well shown here.
cornejo (28471) 2014-02-25 11:06
Hi Miro, very good picture of this interesting town hall of the city, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, nice color and light. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Noel_Byrne (21372) 2014-02-25 13:22
What a striking picture! An amazing building, and the paintings are a beautiful touch to its already detailed facade. I could not picture any sky better to present this than that deep vibrant blue. A beautiful place to learn of, and a beautiful picture to show it. Many thanks for sharing.best wishes
jcpix (11600) 2014-02-25 15:32
I found this a challenge to photograph, there never seemed to be a decent angle or perspective which would encompass it's size and intricate beauty. I guess I just needed a better idea of what I was doing at the time, because I think you've found a terrific way to present this building! The strong red and blue combination jumps off my monitor, and there's a good balance between the two. The shimmering light on the golden spire is the "icing on the cake" and compliments the softer yellow tones throughout the facade. Mighty fine composition with excellent detail and light, you've done Basel's City Hall proud! I like too that you included the small portion along the right side of the frame, giving a hint that there's even more to behold...leaves me curious (even though I know.) :) Have a great day ahead. Take care.
Corry (4508) 2014-02-25 20:56
Très belle façade colorée de cet édifice avec ses peintures murales, son horloge et son clocher doré. Belle lumière qui permet d'apprécier les détails. Bien fait.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-25 21:09
This is sharp and neat.
The colors and the the murals are excellently captured.
pierrefonds (55210) 2014-02-26 17:20
The point of view is showing with precision the details and the colours of the architecture of the city hall. The good luminosity is making the colours to stand out. It is an impressive building. Have a nice day.
mcmtanyel (10869) 2014-02-26 21:40
I love those rich, deep colors, TFS!
Fis2 (82320) 2014-02-28 7:01
Curious fragment of building.
A very interesting windows ;)
Good frame and superb colors.
I like turret.
Have a nice wekend
Nicou (117196) 2014-02-28 8:48
quelle belle façade sueprbe quel dessin et le tons les couleurs merveilleuse compo avec le cantons Suisses au sommet ces contraste merveilleux.
Cricri (101805) 2014-02-28 10:36
Une façade attirante par ces couleurs et ces décorations, une architecture pleine de détails sous une belle lumière , belle présentation
Belle soirée et bon WE
kato (11630) 2014-02-28 18:35
You're capturing well this architecture by a good angle and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the remarkable facade of Basel’s City Hall with the red outer wall, many windows and the tasteful painting/statue in medieval times. It harmonizes well with blue sky, so it looks like the masterpiece of medieval architecture.
Wahclellaspirit (3961) 2014-03-06 9:01
Yes, Basel is a beautiful city, and the Old Town along the river is quite interesting also. Your image is well captured, the lighting allows the great colorful hues to pop out for the viewer. My favorite street to walk from the Banhof Station was St. Albontallstrasse to where I visited many times my friend before returning to the States.
adores (34730) 2014-03-24 16:34
It's surely a very beautiful building, with nice paintings, colours and details. I like the way you framed it, it's very nice with such a beautiful blue sky.
jmdias (52918) 2014-03-27 6:38
very nice façade shown here, lots of elements and adornments so beautiful and curious. I liked the contrast between the colors. TFS this amazing detail of basel, curiously I knew a girl from here last year.
- Copyright: Miro Susta (mirosu) (12676)
- 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, 1/200 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Architectural Details [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-25 1:54