Mythical places in the upper Rhine region

St. Chrischona

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St. Chrischona an ancient, sacred site

There are many legends that entwine the three churches on the hills around Basle: St. Chrischona, on the west slopes of the Dinkelberg, overlooking Bettingen and Grenzach-Wyhlen; St. Margarethen in Binningen, on the outskirts of  Basel; and St. Otillia on the Tullinger Berg over Lörrach.  The three saints are mentioned in the early Christian saga of St. Ursula and eleven thousand virgins who stopped in Basle on their way from Cologne to Rome.  It is told that they left the pilgrimage and settled here to live their lives in seclusion as  anchoresses.  According to another
legend the three sisters  father, a knight at Schloss Pfeffingen, had murdered their lovers.  They retreated as hermits to the three hills, daily signalling their wellbeing to one another, in the morning with bells and in the evening with oil lamps. In 1974 ninety graves were unearthed at St. Chrischona, fifty of them containing children's bones.  After the Reformation this lost popularity as a destination for pilgrims.  In 1966 the town of Basle handed the church over to the Evangelical Pilgrims Mission who operate a theological seminary on the adjoining estate. 
There are many legends that entwine the three churches on the hills around Basle: St. Chrischona, on the west slopes of the Dinkelberg, overlooking Bettingen and Grenzach-Wyhlen; St. Margarethen in Binningen, on the outskirts of  Basel; and St. Otillia on the Tullinger Berg over Lörrach.  The three saints are mentioned in the early Christian saga of St. Ursula and eleven thousand virgins who stopped in Basle on their way from Cologne to Rome.  It is told that they left the pilgrimage and settled here to live their lives in seclusion as  anchoresses.  According to another legend the three sisters  father, a knight at Schloss Pfeffingen, had murdered their lovers.  They retreated as hermits to the three hills, daily signalling their wellbeing to one another, in the morning with bells and in the evening with oil lamps. In 1974 ninety graves were unearthed at St. Chrischona, fifty of them containing children's bones.  After the Reformation this lost popularity as a destination for pilgrims.  In 1966 the town of Basle handed the church over to the Evangelical Pilgrims Mission who operate a theological seminary on the adjoining estate. 

Pilgermission
St. Chrischona
4126 Bettingen/Basel
Chrischonarain 200
+41(0)61/6 46 41 11

www.chrischona.org

 

opening hours:

unrestricted

 

guided tours:

by prior registration

 

access:

car, bus, S-Bahn, train, Bicycle

Tourist Information Office:

Besucherdienst
+41(0)61/6 46 45 07

Tips:
  • Wendelin fountain
  • Swisscom Radio Tower
  • Panorama square in front of the church/view of the Alps in favourable weather conditions
  • Outing restaurant Waldrain with an extensive terrace and a playground for children
  • Hiking trails/mountain bike trails
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