Ebersmunster Travel Guide

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Ebersmunster Things to Do

  • A Famous organ

    Shortly before our visit to Alsace we were visited by an Australian friend - then organist at one of the Cathedrals in his home country. He had just completed a tour of European organs and the name of Silbermann was mentioned. I did not expect to come across one of his organs in this little village.But - the organ in Ebersmunster Church, was built...

  • Go inside the Church

    When we entered the church we were greeted by a dazzling display of colour from the gleaming gilt carvings on the high altar, the large, crown shaped Balanquin and overall effect of light and colour.The interior is finely decorated and has beautifully painted ceilings, the carved furniture has unusual elegance - specially the choir stalls - sorry...

  • The pulpit

    Together with the organ, the pulpit is a masterpiece and alone worth the visit. A beautifully carved Samson leaning on a lion seems to hold the pulpit with his two extended arms. It was carved in hardwood by the brothers Winterhalder that designed also the altar in the Saint Sebastian church of Dambach.Actually, it is a “trompe-l’oeil” and he does...

  • Swans in a field

    When we spotted these large birds in a field, along the road to Ebersmunster, I thought at first that they were geese. However, once we parked on the side of the road and had a closer look, they obviously were swans! Usually, swan are seen swimming on some body of water and I had never seen any feeding on the ground, far away from the water (far...

  • Le Grand Ried

    As Ebersmunster is situated in the Grand Ried, no wonder that water flows everywhere. Several quiet streams flow across the village. When we arrived on the small bridge crossing this one, two swans swam gracefully towards us hoping for some food but unfortunately we had nothing to give them.

  • Entrance into the city of Ebersmunster?

    Before1331, Ebersmunster had a city wall with an entrance door in the west built in 1513. However the city wall was put down by the Swedish in 1640, when they destroyed the Abbey. Then this should not be an actual city entrance though it bears the shield of the city, the Abbey and a wild boar (second photo). On top, the numbers 8732 (or 87 and 32)...

  • Mairie-École

    On the right to the church, a two levels brick building is the “Mairie-École”. Since the second half of the 19th, and until the middle of the 20th, in most villages of France, the Mairie (town hall) and the École (School) were housed in the same building. One side for the girls school, the other for the boys school and the office of the mayor in...

  • Tomb stones

    On the side of the church, between low walls, a small square lawn is dotted with a dozen standing tombstones. The carvings are half obliterated and almost impossible to decipher. I have read the name “Marta” and several of these stones bear the carved form of a lady. This is strange as Ebersmunster Abbey was a men’s Abbey. I do not have found any...

  • The stalls

    The wooden stalls of the nave are carved in oak with a décor made of stylized flowers and leaves. This carving does not seem very old. It does not match the carvings of the stalls in the choir (sorry, no photos) which represent twelve Saints.

  • The frescoes

    The frescoes were painted between 1727 and 1759 by three painters from Strasbourg, Joseph Matter, Joseph Syber and Joseph Mages. They represent various religious scenes : The martyrdom of saint Vincent.The life of Saint BenoitThe mystery of God revealed to man.The Mystery of the Virgin, etc…

  • The altar

    The altar is sumptuous and is topped by a canopy figuring a majestic golden imperial crown. The altar was carved by Jean Léonard Meyer from Sélestat. Wide openings allow plenty of sun (when shining!) to light it.

  • The orgue

    The organ is famous as it was one of the last built by André Silbermann around 1734 and because most of it has remained unchanged.André was the leader of the famous organ maker family. He was born in Saxe, learnt organ making in Paris and settled in Alsace. His brother Gottfried left him and went back in Saxe where he built many organs. His elder...


Ebersmunster Restaurants

  • Nearly opposite the Church

    We thought this looked a good place to have lunch - it may have been the only place as we saw no other in the village. Having spent quite a long time in the church we were almost too late for lunch. But we arrived in time to choose the local speciality La Matelote - a dish of mixed fish from le Ried. It was excellent with a glass of local Alsace...

  • Aux Deux Clés

    Restaurant "Aux Deux Clés" is a small country restaurant with mostly local customers. It is famous for its matelote (fish stew) Matelote with eel, pike and sandreGrilled eel

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    by JLBG Written Mar 3, 2008

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    In the small hall leading to the dining room of Restaurant “Aux Deux Clés”, a magnificent brass still is on display. It was used to distil themany various spirit that are found in Alsace. Besides wine spirit, cherries, plum, elderberries, sorb and other berries are often distilled in Alsace and give yummy spirits. Enjoy with temperateness!

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