The Spalen Gate, a former city gate of Basel, is one of the most impressive and beautiful city gates in Switzerland. It is part of the outer Basel city wall and corresponds to the former Spalenschwibbogen, which was located on the inner city wall. The Spalen Gate is one of only three remaining city gates and is a listed building.
The gate consists of an imposing gate tower 40.3 meters high with a square ground plan. It is flanked by two round towers that project into the moat. These towers are 28.15 meters high, octagonal at the top and crowned with battlements. The former flat tent roofs were destroyed in a storm in 1842.
The walls of the gatehouse are two meters thick on the outward side and still 1.60 meters thick on the inward side. The square gate tower is covered with colorful glazed tiles and the plastered round towers on both sides look like guardians of the gate.
Due to its location on an important trade route towards Alsace, the Spalentor was passed by numerous traders and travelers. It was an important transit point for important supplies brought into the city from Alsace.
The square main tower of the gate can be seen from afar, with the round flanking towers at its outward corners. The outside of the gate is also adorned with three 15th century console figures: a Madonna and two prophets, which are of particular artistic value.
Video Spalentor to University
Once from the front through the Spalentor to the University of Basel on Petersplatz.
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