07 May, 2009

Basel, in the Middle of Culture


Basel is a small but beautiful city in Switzerland. It is located on the river Rhine, in the northern part of the country. It has a rich history. Roman settlements were discovered. The city was home to many accords, like the Treaty of Basel. It is the only port of the country. It is also home to 3 railway stations. It also has a good public transportation network. The city is a strategic point. It lies between France, Germany and Switzerland.

Many great people lived here. Bernoulli family, Leonhard Euler (mathematician), Arthur Cohn (film producer), Erasmus and today Roger Federer still lives here.

Basel hosts an annual trade fair, which takes place in Kleinbasel. The buildings date from the fourteenth and fifteenth century. The city has a great number of heritage sites of national significance. There are many churches and monasteries: St. Albankirche, Kirche St. Antonius, Elisabethenkirche. There are also secular buildings: Haus zum Raben, Dompropstei, Goldener Sternen. Besides this, you can find many archaeological sites like Gallo-Roman settlement, Alemannic burial fields Gotterbarmweg and Kleinhuningen.

Among the museums, archives and collections, we can point out some like the State Archives of Basel, Swiss Economic Archives, University library, the Antikenmuseum, Museum of Contemporary Art and many others.

Besides these, the city has a very old university that dates back from the fifteenth century. It also has a variety of scientific societies and several International Schools like Minerva School or Rhine Academy. The city functions as the capital of Swiss half-canton of Basel-Stadt.

Basel is known to be a sporting city. It has a football stadium, an ice hockey hall and an admitted sports hall. The city is also known to be a cultural city. It hosts many museums and cultural places that are filled with history.


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