Time Travel

  • Historical postcard of Minseln (1900)
    Historical postcard of Minseln (1900)

    Historical postcard of Minsel (1903)
    Historical postcard of Minsel (1903)

    Historical postcard of Minsel (1906)
    Historical postcard of Minsel (1906)

History of Minseln

Crest of Minseln In the year 754, the  place was mentioned for the first time as „Minsilido“ in a document of  St. Gall. Middle and Lower Minseln probably developed at the same time as farmstead settlements, while the colonization of Upper Minseln took place a little later.
Since the apostles Peter and Paul are the church patrons, it seems likely that the church was a  monastic foundation and dates back to the time of the Christianization  (7th century).

The presence of a local nobility during the 13th century is proved by the mention of following names: in 1272, Albert of Minseln, in 1283, knight Heinrich of Minseln and in the same year, clergyman B. of  Minseln. However, there is no evidence that a nobility seat existed as well.
Minseln belonged to the County of  Rheinfelden which in turn belonged to Austria from 1449 on.

Winterly photographies of Minseln (1910)
Winterly photographies of Minseln (1910)

During nearly all wars in the region of the High Rhine, the village was victim of plunderages and ravages. But most of all, it suffered during the Thirty Years’ War when  Rheinfelden was besieged by the Swedes (1634). In the year 1686, the church still existing today was built in this parish which was mentioned in 1275 for the first time. In our region where you find quite seldom baroque style, the St. Peter and Paul Church is really unique. The special features of the interior are the large paintings covering the ceiling and  thus centering the room in a late Baroque manner.

Location: 349 m above sea level
Territory:  945 ha
Inhabitants: 2.118
Incorporation:   1972
Coat of arms:
A golden key diagonally crossed by a golden sword in red, the key bit facing upwards and the golden sword facing outwards.
Places of interest:
Museum of Local History,
Catholic Church St. Peter und Paul,
Biotope "Bleiche"

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