Spalen Gate

Basel, Switzerland

The Gate of Spalen (Spalentor) is a former city gate in the ancient city walls of Basel. One of the three remaining gateways, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful gates of Switzerland.

In October 1356, a major earthquake destroyed the old Basel. Then local people surrounded their newly built city with a high city wall and a moat in front of it. The ring wall had over 40 towers and seven of them were gate towers like the Spalentor (completed in 1473-74).



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Founded: 1473
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Fabio Diglio (2 years ago)
The impressive and fortified Spalentor (Gate of Spalen) was one of the original eight gates that were part of the city's outer fortifications. Situated on the important trade route towards Alsace, supplies and provisions as well as traders and travellers entered Basel through this gate.
Aoon Mujtaba (Aoon The Traveller) (2 years ago)
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Buğra Can Aslan (2 years ago)
Of the three entrance gates of the Middle Ages that have survived to this day, I liked Spalentor the most. It is no coincidence that this gate is recognized as the most beautiful in Switzerland and a national monument. For many years, Basel lived under their protection. The history of the gate began with a large earthquake in 1356, when old Basel turned into a pile of ruins. After that, construction of new houses on the banks of the Rhine began. They were surrounded by a high wall and a moat. The protective walls were reinforced by 40 towers, six of which were gates, including Spalentor. By the end of the 19th century, they began to interfere with the rapidly growing city and ceased to perform their function. They were recognized as obsolete and demolished, leaving the three most beautiful towers. The walls of the tower are 2 meters thick, two lowered gratings are visible in the aisle. The height of the side round towers is 28 meters, and the central tower with a pyramidal roof is 40 meters. Right above the gate is the carved coat of arms of Basel, made of sandstone and surrounded by two lions. An old mailbox of 1844 has been preserved on the inside of the structure. It is still used for its intended purpose. On the inside of the gate does not look as spectacular as on the outside, there is a tram track next to them.
Noha Afifi (2 years ago)
Very well-preserved city gate from the 15th century. It looks very beautiful at both morning and night. The street close to it is nice too. It’s a must see if you are visiting Basel.
Michael Wu PhD (3 years ago)
One of the 3 remaining city gates from 15th century. This one is still well preserved with beautiful roofing. It's another historical landmark that you should not miss.
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