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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Basel's Gothic Cathedral

The Basel Cathedral or Minster sits on a hill above the Rhine River.  It was a favored spot of the Celts and then the Romans.  Now the area around the cathedral is the Munsterplatz.

Its built of red sandstone between 1019 and 1500.  

This statue is on the front of the Cathedral is a saint slaying a dragon.  See that the spear has penetrated the dragon's head?

Across the Platz is the bishop's residence.  Prince-bishops ruled the city until the Reformation.

The church is now Reformed Protestant, quite a change inside from the Catholic Churches.

On the other side there looks to be a monastery that would have been associated with the Cathedral when it was Catholic.  Tombstones hang on the walls of the covered walkways.