Photo Essay

basel carnival / basler fasnacht 2

basel carnival / basler fasnacht

the origins of basel's fasnacht are rather obscure, partly because of the terrible earthquake of 1356 which destroyed large parts of the city and many official archives. the earliest records date back to ash wednesday in 1376, when a jousting tournament on the muensterplatz was the scene of a row between citizens of basel and some knights. the argument escalated into a blood bath and the local citizens chased off the noblemen, killing four of them in the process. retribution was harsh: 12 citizens were beheaded and emperor charles IV placed a ban on the city, which meant the city was no longer afforded the protection of the holy roman empire. this fateful day went down in the annals of basel's history as the "sinister fasnacht" and is the oldest record of fasnacht activities.

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14 responses

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (18 Mar 2011):

    ...and very good continue...! my votes.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (18 Mar 2011):

    Awesome series...*voted* : )

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (18 Mar 2011):

    Oh my goodness....that's quite a story!! Wonderful photos, Peter. Voted.

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (18 Mar 2011):

    Great photo essay: my vote!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (19 Mar 2011):

    Hech yeah this is way RAD!!

  • Anthony Cronin

    Anthony Cronin gave props (20 Mar 2011):

    voted ! love it

  • Carlo Pagan

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  • Shweta Verma

    Shweta Verma said (22 Mar 2011):

    I think the smiliar kind of framing gave it a story look....and also that all the pictures are kind of closeup. Nice work :) Loved the carnival.

  • Megan Green

    Megan Green gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    Colorful and fun!

  • Caroline Penris

    Caroline Penris gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    Great story Peter! Voted.

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    Awesome story and images. Got my vote.

  • Dominic Kite

    Dominic Kite gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    Great photos, really nice series.

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (30 Mar 2011):

    phenomenal series and congrats on story of the week! voted!

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins said (10 Mar 2013):

    This is a fantastic Carnival, and your pic are superb! My vote!

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