Elisabethenkirche, Basel

Basel, Switzerland

Elisabethenkirche, Basel

The Elisabethenkirche, or Offene Kirche Elisabethen, is a 19th-century church building in the centre of Basel, next to the Theater Basel, in Switzerland. It is a well detailed example of Swiss Gothic Revival style churches. It has a 72 metres (236 ft) tall bell tower and spire. The tower has internal stairs.

The church construction begun in 1857 and was completed in 1864. Its architect was Ferdinand Stadler and tt was the first new church erected in Basel following the reformation. Its construction was sponsored by the wealthy businessman Christoph Merian and his wife Margarethe Burckhardt-Merian, which were both laid to rest in the church in black marble sarcophagi in the crypt below the church's main floor. Christoph Merian did not oversee the completion of the church as he died in 1858. The Merians also founded the Christoph-Merian-Stiftung. Today's congregation forms part of the Evangelical-Reformed Church of the Canton Basel-Stadt.



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