The treasury of basel cathedral history the history of basel cathedrals treasury begins in 1019 with the support of emperor henry ii this imperial patronage was not just a pious gesture it also marked basels political importance for the ottonian empire the history of the treasury has been shaped through both changes and continuities. An exception was the treasury of basel cathedral which miraculously withstood wars an earthquake and iconoclastic uprisings only to be dispersed in the early nineteenth century as a result of political division. The medieval treasury of the basel minster miraculously survived earthquakes wars iconoclasm and the reformation only to be dispersed in the early nineteenth century more than half of its holdings are now in the historisches museum basel while the remainder are in museum collections all over the world. Treasury of the basel cathedral stock image stock image view larger image treasury of the basel cathedral husband timothy b 5 ratings by goodreads isbn 10 0300088493 isbn 13 9780300088496 published by metropolitan museum of art 2001 used condition very good save for later. The four introductory essays examine the history of basel in this period the construction of the cathedral and its consecration by emperor heinrich ii in 1019 the formation of the treasury through commissions and gifts and the vicissitudes of the treasurys existence its eventual dissolution and the remarkable story of its reconstitution
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