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I. City and Diocese – II. University

I. City and Diocese

The beginnings of the city and diocese are unclear. The name “Basilia” for the settlement at the bend of the Rhine is first mentioned around 374. The earliest evidence of Christian presence comes from the fort of Kaiseraugst, which lies not far from Basel. Only in the Carolingian period, from 740, is Basel attested as the permanent residence of the bishop. The diocese covered an area that har…

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Sallmann, Martin and Kuhn, Thomas K., “Basel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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