Basel, Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft. Photo/foto: TES.

House of Reading Society Basel

The monumental building of the Reading Society (Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft) in Basel rises above the left bank of the Rhine, next to the Münster and the Palatinate Wall.

The building dates back to the time of the Cathedral Chapter, at the end of the fourteenth century, when the canons inhabited the square around the cathedral. Little is known about the predecessor of the building, except that the earthquake of 1356 destroyed it.

The building was used as storage space after the Reformation until the Lesegesellschaft, founded in 1787, moved into the building and renovated it in 1831/32.

(Source: D. Huggel, Das Haus der Allgemeinen Lesegesellschaft in Basel, Bern, 1996).