The simple garden
behind the Münster of Basel, Switzerland, features a bronze replica of the church and its cloisters.
building — constructed from the 13th century to 1500 — was originally a Roman Catholic cathedral and is now a Reformed Protestant church.
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The harp at Nature’s advent strung
Has never ceased to play;
The song the stars of morning sung
Has never died away. . . .
The blue sky is the temple’s arch,
Its transept earth and air,
The music of its starry march
The chorus of a prayer.
So Nature keeps the reverent frame
With which her years began,
And all her signs and voices shame
The prayerless heart of man.
— John Greenleaf Whittier, from “
The Worship of Nature“
We spent Thanksgiving in
Basel, Switzerland, arriving in time for the formal opening of the city’s Christmas market.
The lovely old city center, with many buildings from the 14th century, was mostly decorated with fir trees and lights. It was an idyllic place to start the holiday season.
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Spalenvorstadt in early morning — a Christmas tree between each building.
The 14th century Spalentor city gate.
A tall Christmas tree at Spalenberg and Schnabelgasse
. . . wedged into a hole in the pavement.
Many streets in the city center are pedestrian only.
A mistletoe seller across from the tree.
A section of the Christmas market at Barfüsserplatz.
Small trees hanging in leather bags.
The Christmas tree at the city town hall or Rathaus.
It really is that red, a standout in a cream and gray city.
The labyrinth at in Leonardskirchplatz Basel, Switzerland, on Thanksgiving Day.
The small square — on a hill spur
above the old city center — is next to the 15th century Leonardskirche or St. Leonard’s Church.
labyrinth was installed there in 2002 from a design by Agnes Barmettier.
On the right side of the sign is a poem, “Labyrinth Spell” by Ingrid Gomolzik, meant to be spoken before entering the circuit: “The labyrinth is a mystery. . . the giant, the path in the middle, the way to ourselves.”
The design features two turning points around linden trees.
Sculpture of a local politician by Peter Moilliet.
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Torn turned and tattered
Bowed burned and battered
I took untensed time by the teeth
And bade it bear me banking
Out over the walled welter
cities and the sea. . .
Robert P. Baird, from “ The Labyrinth“