2, rue de la Fecht, Colmar, 68000, France
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Bring your drawing/sketching utensils - there are so many beautiful things to put down on paper!!!
We sat down on a bench in the middle of Colmar, Heinz took a nap and I had half an hour time to do some sketching. Or just sitting on one of the canals of little Venice and get out your paper and pencil is just as wonderful and relaxing....
Town Walk - 2 - The House of Heads
"Built in 1609 for the merchant Anton Burger, who in 1626 became the Stettmeister (mayor) of this town, this building, which is documented from 1724, owes its name to the large number of masks and grimacing faces which decorate the facade. The magnificently sculpted oriel rises to three levels. The statue of the Alsace barrel-maker, made by Auguste Bartholdi in 1902, took up position at the top of the gable, after the building was used as the Colmar Bourse aux Vines [Wine Exchange]."
This museum is set in an old gothic monestary. This is such a fantastic environment, especially since the most well known exhibition is the "Isenheimer Altar" by Grünewald dating back to the 16th century! We also admired the most sophisticated keys and locks there and much more.... It is a museum to spend hours inside....
Town Walk - 6 - Bartholdi museum
"The house where the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904) was born, the son of a Prefectoral councillor, who died in 1836, this residence was built in the 15th century and transformed in the 18th century into an elegant hôtel particulier [town mansion]. Since 1922 it has housed the largest collection of works, models and souvenirs of the designer of the Statue of Liberty enlightening the world, unveiled in New York in 1886. In the inner courtyard the "Grands Soutiens du monde" group (bronze 1902) can be seen."
This is a relatively small but world class museum with a wide range of exhibits from Roman times, paintings and wine making. Its main claim to fame is Greuenwald's Isenheim Altarpiece which was done for benefit of hospital patients suffering from various terrible skin diseases. The hope was that their suffering would be relieved by identifying with an agonizing Christ who is also depicted with diseased skin. It is actually a 3 panel piece and I think can change with the season.
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