Basel, Switzerland

The Elisabethenkirche is a well detailed example of Swiss Gothic Revival style churches. It has a 72 metres tall bell tower and spire. The tower has internal stairs. The church was begun in 1857 and completed in 1864. The construction was sponsored by the wealthy Basel businessman Christoph Merian and his wife Margarethe Burckhardt-Merian. They were both laid to rest in black marble sarcophagi in the crypt below the church's main floor.

Today the church is home of the first Swiss 'OpenChurch' or Offene Kirche Elisabethen. The Offene Kirche Elisabethen caters to the spiritual, cultural and social needs of urban people of all backgrounds.



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Founded: 1857-1864
Category: Religious sites in Switzerland

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dominic scibilia (2 years ago)
An Open Church faithful to mission and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. Hospitality, advocacy and action for justice. A community wherein people flourish.
Jasna J (2 years ago)
Constructed from 1857-1865, gothic style, today host all events and opened for community. Must see, although is not in the top 10 amenities...
JJS (5 years ago)
Beautiful church inside and outside. The interior architecture is so beautiful with a cafe on site. There's a machine where you can donate via credit card, so cool! On the outside, there are few similar to Louvre (Paris) miniature.
Rick Chung (5 years ago)
I love the Elizabethen Open Church which is definitely a symbol in Basel. It was in preparation for a special event when I visited the church on Oct 2017. Some interesting images captured to be shared here.
Mirosław Siemieniuk (5 years ago)
I entered here and felt like in a time machine which took me back in time hundreds of years. Moody atmosphere, you feel the breath of history on your neck. The church is well kept and preserved in its original state. Lots of interesting architectural details.
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