Category: Travel

Historic Features of Basel Minster

Basel Minster pic

Basel Minster
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Experienced in advertising and merchandising, Vicky Travlos previously served as a customer solutions/merchandising associate with BusinessWeek Magazine, The McGraw-Hill Companies. In her free time, Vicky Travlos enjoys traveling and has been to Basal, Switzerland, which includes such historic sites as Basler Münster (Basel Minster).

Situated at the top of Münsterhügel (Minster Hill), Basel Minster was originally a Catholic church built of red sandstone from France’s Vosges Mountains between the 9th and 13th centuries. The minster was reconstructed in Gothic style following an earthquake in 1356.

Although the minster’s high altarpiece and many of its painting and other religious furnishings were ruined during the Reformation in 1529, visitors can see some of the remaining artifacts, which were hidden away in the church’s vaulting and are now on display at Basel’s Museum Kleines Klingental. The minster also features the St. Gallus doorway, which has Romanesque stone carvings dating back to the 12th century.

Visitors can access the Basel Minster’s crypt to see the tombs of bishops from the 10th through 13th centuries. Other features that stand out include the tomb of Erasmus of Rotterdam and the 15th-century double cloister, which houses monuments representing five centuries of history.

Touring the Metropolitan Opera House

Metropolitan Opera pic

Metropolitan Opera
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New York resident Vicky Travlos has experience as a merchandising associate and television operations manager with BusinessWeek. Vicky Travlos takes advantage of the cultural offerings found in New York as a supporter of the Metropolitan Opera.

While many people attend the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center to hear the music and watch the performances, some patrons enjoy getting a backstage tour, through which they are allowed to see production areas of the opera house.

The Metropolitan Opera Guild Backstage Tours are held during the Met’s season regularly at 3 p.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays, with certain exceptions. To schedule a tour, call 212-769-7028 or visit the website at http://www.metopera.org. Tickets are $25 each for the general public, $23 for guild members, and $20 for students and groups of 10 or larger.

Additionally, members of the Patron Program gain exclusive access to a 90-minute VIP tour of the opera house every day of the week: weekdays at 2:30 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m., and Sundays at 12:15 p.m.