Hotel Education Center 21
The Hotel Bildungszentrum 21 ( spelling hotel bildungszentrum 21 ) is a hotel near the Spalentore in Basel . The main building was built in 1858/1860 according to plans by Johann Jakob Stehlin the Younger for the Basel Mission and is a listed building.
The building was important for religious and social life in Basel from its foundation in 1815 to the First World War . After opening in 1860, the mission house served the Basel Mission as a seminar house for a century where future missionaries were trained. In addition, from the beginning it had individual, publicly accessible guest rooms and was a meeting point and place for further training of theologians and linguists from all over the world who used the extensive library or were passing through. After the Second World War , an upswing began.
At the beginning of the 1950s, the training of missionaries was significantly reduced. The vacated rooms served as offices for the Basel Mission and as additional public hostel rooms. This was followed by a crisis and fundamental changes. In 2001 the education center 21 was built in the basement, on the ground floor and in the southwest half of the upper floors of the mission house. Since then, 18 rooms have been used as seminar rooms. Theologians visit the special library for contextual theology of Mission 21 during their stay .
The education center 21 shares the former mission house with Mission 21 (an evangelical missionary organization that emerged from the Basel Mission, the Evangelical Mission in Kwango, the Moravian Mission and the South Africa Mission, which are still sponsoring organizations of Misson 21 today). The buildings including the park are still owned by the Basel Mission.
One of the largest private parks in Basel borders the building. Originally it was a training garden for missionaries who learned horticulture in order to be able to look after themselves overseas.
Hermann Hesse was a pupil in the mission house from 1884 to 1886. His testimony is still in the archives of Mission 21. In 1884 it noted succinctly: "lies."
- monuments (accessed on July 1, 2015)
- Anselmetti, Romana. Missionsstrasse 21a. Basel: Inventory of the Basel Monument Preservation, 1998
- The house and its stories. ( Page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (accessed on July 1, 2015)