Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by Miro Susta (mirosu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1572 W: 0 N: 3418] (16313)
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