An exception was the treasury of basel cathedral which miraculously withstood wars an earthquake and iconoclastic uprisings only to be dispersed in the early nineteenth century as a result of political division. Treasury of the basel cathedral timothy b husband julien chapius on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the medieval treasury of the basel minster miraculously survived earthquakes wars iconoclasm and the reformation. The treasury of the basel minster was assembled over a period of five centuries beginning in 1019 with the consecration of the restored cathedral rebuilt after the destruction of the first cathedral when the city was sacked by hungarians in 917 and ending in 1529 when the city adopted the protestant reformation. Basel switzerland is one of the few european towns to have retained a substantial portion of its medieval treasury when the protestant reformation reached the city in 1529 the costly ritual objects used on the high altar of the cathedral were locked away for protection and not seen for three centuries. The medieval treasury of the basel minster miraculously survived earthquakes wars iconoclasm and the reformation only to be dispersed in the early nineteenth century more than half of its holdings are now in the historisches museum basel while the remainder are in museum collections all over the world
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