Basel draft

Basel draft

The Basilisk

When a jet-black rooster laid a giant oblong egg in the middle of town in 1474, the city residents knew that a terrible monster was sure to hatch…

When a jet-black rooster laid a giant
oblong egg in the middle of town

Despite the similarities of their names, the basilisk wasn’t named for Basel nor was Basel named for the monster. The word “basel” is from the Greek word “basileus” meaning king. The basilisk was called the king of serpents because he was the deadliest, and because of the rooster’s crown on his head.

In addition to the basilisk,
our illustration includes
the following sights of Basel:

Basler Muenster

The epic red sandstone Romanesque-Gothic church was built between 1019 and 1500 originally as a Catholic cathedral. Today it’s a Reformed Protestant church.

VARSY'S Switzerland postcards: See the Swiss founding fathers in the artwork on the front of this Swiss souvenir.

Elisabethenkirche

This building was completed in 1864 and features a towerThis building was completed in 1864 and features a towerThis building was completed in 1864 and features a towerThis building was completed in 1864 and features a tower