BASEL – Münster

Sixteenth-century Rittergasse leads from the Kunstmuseum to Basel’s cathedral, the impressive Münster, built of red sandstonewith a patterned roof in the thirteenth century and rebuilt following an earthquake in 1356. The tower of St George, on the left of the main frontage, has some white stonework dating from the original church (consecrated in 1019), as well as a thirteenth-century statue of the saint impaling a dragon. Stone carving from 1280 above the main portal shows the cathedral’s founder, Emperor Heinrich II, holding a model of the church, with his wife Kunigunde to the left. On the north side of the choir, which has some intricate capitals, is the tomb of Queen Anna, wife of Rudolf of Habsburg, who chose to be buried in Basel, alongside her three-year-old son Karl, in an attempt to make up for her husband’s cruelty whilst ruling the town during the 1270s. In the crypt visitors can find ninth-century remains of an earlier cathedral along with some late-Romanesque frescoes.

Release Dates

2005

Features

  • Coin Alloy Name: Alpaca 12
  • Coin Alloy Color: silver
  • Coin Diameter: 31
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine
  • City: BASEL
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Available: no
  • Location: BASEL, Switzerland