is the most important Neo-Gothic church in Switzerland.
With its imposing historical interior, it offers an unconventional setting for a wide variety of events.
Located right at the centre of Basel, Elisabethenkirche is directly adjacent to Basel Theatre.
was erected between 1857 and 1865, and was the first entirely new Protestant church to be built in Basel
after the Reformation. The Neo-Gothic Elisabethenkirche is a vaulted hall church with three naves, galleries,
front tower (east) and polygonal choir (west). During the course of its planning and execution, countless
modifications were made, above all to the interior. The grey sandstone exterior of the church was renovated
between 1895 and 1899. The gargoyles on the roof, the gable relief above the main entrance, the pulpit
and the other sculptured parts of the building were designed by Jacques-Ange Corbel (Paris). The stone
pulpit forms the focal point of the church.
The church is centrally located, and can be reached easily by tram or railway (2 tram stops from the central railway station, Bahnhof SBB). It is run by the ecumenical Association Offene Kirche Elisabethen (Open Elisabethen Church Association) as a place of social, cultural and spiritual-religious diversity, as a platform for new and experimental forms of expression, as a forum for interaction, debate and discussion. In addition, the church Association organises its own events and can be hired by outside parties to stage a wide range of further events. It provides an experimental setting for contemporary, temporal and humanistic forms of spiritually, and presents Basel's innovative and rich art and cultural scene with a new theatre of action. Artists drawn from a wide range of disciplines use Elisabethenkirche to present their artistic endeavours and work (exhibitions, spatial-specific installations, theatre, dance, performances, events, concerts, readings, podium discussions, etc.). The Association also hires the church out for commercial events such as inter alia soirees, anniversaries, corporate events, concerts, wedding celebrations, banquets, exhibitions, discos and birthday parties. With a floor area of 530 m2, Elisabethenkirche offers space for about 1'200 standing guests, or seating for 850 when concerts are given. Alternatively, banquets for up to 150 seated guests can be accommodated. The church is equipped with a permanent loudspeaker system. In addition, stage sections, a projection screen, slide and overhead projectors are available to event organisers. Special technical support and equipment can also be organised upon request. The Elisabethenkirche team will be pleased to help you plan and hold your event, ensuring that this is turned into a success in the special ambience of the church.
Elisabethenstrasse 10-14, CH-4051 Basel
Phone +41 61 / 272 03 43 (9-12h); Fax +41 61 / 272 04 01