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    Cross on Hill Overlooks Obernai

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 6, 2014

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    Whilst walking through Obernai town I noticed this large cross in the distance on top of a hill which overlooks the town.

    To far away for us to visit, however I wonder the significance of the "memorial".

    Large Cross on Hilltop Overlooking Obernai.
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    The Synagogue

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 5, 2014

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    The Synagogue was open when we visited. We went through the main door for a quick look inside and were greeted by an official who welcomed us to walk around, ask questions and allowed us to take photos.

    The Syangogue was built in 1876.

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    The Fortifications - Old City Wall Notices

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 5, 2014

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    These notices give an excellent insight to the history of the old town fortifications.

    The inner wall fortification was established in 1282, and the outer wall fortification was completed during the 14th century.

    Attached plan shows the fortification, inner and outer walls detailed by the blue line.

    The inner fortification had 20 towers and 4 tower gates.

    The outer fortification contained 12 towers and 4 tower gates.

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    Place des Fines Herbes

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 5, 2014

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    We were now walking towards the Fortifications area and we came across this garden, it looked as though it was a vegetable garden, reminded me a little like the allotment gardens some European cities have.

    The old well remains and I like how they utilise the old buckets as flower pots.

    Place des Fine Herbes
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    The 'Fastinger Courtyard'

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 5, 2014

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    This large building complex bears the name of its present day owner.

    Some of the buildings date back to the year 1418.

    Michel Gyss Jr., the head of the Butchers Guild added the head of an ox and butchers emblem in 1607.

    Some real history here.

    Fastinger Courtyard Fastinger Courtyard - Ox Head - Butchers Emblem Fastinger Courtyard - Very Old Building
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    The Corn Exchange

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 5, 2014

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    This building was the former butcher's shop built in 1554 in the Renaissance style, with Gothic elements.

    The fa├žade with its gable is decorated with 2 heads of cattle and the coat of Arms of Obernai.

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    Streetscape - Typical Buildings Centuries Old

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 5, 2014

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    Walking through Obernai is like being in a time warp, back centuries and earlier with most of the old town buildings being as they were 4 or 5 hundred years ago. All in excellent condition and a pleasure waiting to be enjoyed every day.

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    The Six Buckets Well

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 5, 2014

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    The most beautiful well in Obernai and as good as any I have seen.

    Built in Renaissance style during 1579, it is made up of 3 columns in Corinthian style, supporting a canopy with biblical passages of the New testament.

    In perfect condition and hopefully the buckets are flowering when you visit.

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    The Belfry (Kapellturm)

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 5, 2014

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    The Belfry is a landmark and can be seen from many parts of the town.

    The 60 metre high tower is what is left of the Virgin's Chapel which was built at the end of the 13th century. It served as a steeple and Watch Tower.

    The Virgin's Chapel was removed in 1873.

    The 2 oldest bells date back to 1429 and 1472.

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    Hotel De Ville (Town Hall)

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 5, 2014

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    A striking building at the top of Place du Marche (Market Place). It was the Court of Justice for the middle class(1370). In 1848 the building was enlarged in the neo-renaissance style and the facades decorated with painted motives.

    We went inside the Town Hall as a section was open to the public to view an Art Exhibition.

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    Inside St Peter & Paul Church

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 5, 2014

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    We walked through the Church and enjoyed looking at the various sections. I particularly enjoyed the stained glass windows, my photos do not reflect the quality.

    No objection to photographs.

    Do not overlook the areas outside the church building, there is a very nice grotto.

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    The Saints Peter & Paul Church

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 5, 2014

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    This is where our visit commenced as the bus from Strasbourg passed the church and we decided to get off and commence our visit to Obernai.

    The original church was demolished in 1867 and the present church built.

    Well worth going inside as there is some excellent stained glass windows, a nice altar and a large symphonic organ by Joseph Merklin (1882).

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    View Down Onto Kapellturm

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 2, 2014

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    This photo was taken from the grounds of Sts. Peter & Paul Church which overlook sections of the town.

    Captured is the Statute of Monseigneur Freppel, a section of Hotel de Ville and the Belfry (Kapellturm) in the background.

    View from Sts. Peter & Paul Church Grounds
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    Tourism Office

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 2, 2014

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    This should be the first place you visit on arrival. Pick up a copy of Discovery Path and follow the trail to see the highlights.

    We found many more highlights as we walked the trail, there is so much history and magnificent old buildings, interesting shops, cafes and restaurants. You can easily remain here for the day.

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    Obernai - Discovery Map Highlights

    by Mikebb Updated Mar 31, 2014

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    The attached photos of the "Discovery Path" will guide you to the major tourist sites of Obernai. These are man made historic sites constructed over the centuries.

    However the town is full of history, every street has wonderful old buildings, beautifully kept and in everyday use, whether it be a restaurant, museum, shop or a local resident's home. Most buildings are adorned by beautiful hanging baskets.

    It is an easy walking town, mostly flat and always somewhere for you to rest and enjoy a coffee.

    Index to Map Reference:

    #1 The Belfry (Kapellturm)

    #2 The Romanesque House

    # 3 La Place de l'Etoile

    #4 The Sts. Peter and Paul Church

    #5 The Six Buckets Well

    #6 The Town Hall ( Hotel de Ville)

    #7 The 'Fastinger Courtyard'

    #8 The Synagogue

    #9 The Fortifications

    #10 The Corn Exchange

    #11 The Market Place

    #12 The St. Odile's Fountain

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