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Basel , Switzerland
Street Münsterplatz
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10am-5pm Mon-Fri, to 4pm Sat, 11.30am-5pm Sun
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This 13th-century cathedral is a mix of Gothic exteriors and Romanesque interiors and was largely rebuilt after an earthquake in 1356. The tomb of the Renaissance humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466–1536), who lived in Basel, lies in the cathedral’s northern aisle. In the crypt are remnants of the cathedral’s 9th-century predecessor. You can climb the soaring Gothic towers (Sfr4) in groups of two or more. The two chunky, red-stone, late-Gothic cloisters date mostly to the 15th century but contain Romanesque vestiges.