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Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

My photograph shows the Town Hall, Rathaus in German, in the centre of Basel.

The Town Hall is one of Basel's most iconic buildings. As well as being a major tourist attraction in Basel, it continues to have an influential role on life in the city.

Around 1503 this new Town Hall was begun. The red coloured, lavishly decorated facade we see today represents several stages of building that took place over centuries.

Initial construction took place between 1504 and 1514 according to designs by the architect Ruman Faesch. The three arched entrances are from this era. Extensions were added over the next seven years, which included an Assembly Hall.

In 1521, the artist Hans Holbein the Younger was commissioned to decorate the Assembly Hall (fifteen years later he was making his mark in England as King's painter at the Court of Henry VIII).

It really is a magnificent building which we ventured to see at night time. A photograph can be seen as a workshop.

I wish you a lovely weekend, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9446 W: 372 N: 21865] (85932)
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