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    Shopping

    by Searobber Written Jun 9, 2012

    Obernai is a beautiful town to vist, stay in and also shop in. Have done it now at least 15 times on vacation.
    The stores have many very pretty table cloths in both modern design and old traditionel Alsace style.
    La Dime is a good restaurant to eat at.

    Rmantic dinner for two young teens. At camp ground Inside La Dime. Summertime in middle of town

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    Church of Sts. Peter and Paul

    by Beausoleil Updated Feb 25, 2011

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    The church is a block above the town hall, just past the Well of the Six Buckets, a very ornate well. The twin towered church was built in the 19th century so it's not that old but it is the largest sanctuary outside of Strasbourg in the region of Alsace.

    There are some beautiful carvings in the church and on a warm day, it gives a break from the heat too. Please see my Travelogue for more photos of the church.

    Outside is a tower on one side of the street and a stream on the other.

    Eglise Sts. Pierre et Paul
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    Place du Marché and Rue du Général Gouraud

    by JLBG Written Mar 22, 2008

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    Half timbered Alsatian houses are found in the whole old city of Obernai but if you wander along Place du Marché and Rue du Général Gouraud, you will see the most scenic and the most typical of them. This part of the old city is not allowed for cars. In the parts where carscan access, parking is expensive and difficult. Then you have better to park for free on the ramparts.

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    Funeral monument near Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Pa

    by JLBG Updated Mar 22, 2008

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    An amazing pink sand stone funeral monument stands near Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul. It has a triangular base. On side (first photo) is carved :

    Passant, révère ce tombeau. Je renferme les dépouilles mortelles de M. Anne Elisabeth, Baronne de Ried, née à Strasbourg le 5 juillet 1750, morte à Obernai le 27 mars 1822. RIP.

    On another side it bears a coat of arm with a dog jumping and the same dog arises on top of a crown. This monument was ordered by the brother of the Baronne.

    Funeral monument for Baronne de Ried uneral monument for Baronne de Ried
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    The Remparts

    by JLBG Written Mar 22, 2008

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    The Remparts were made of a double city wall of 1.5 km around the old city with 8 entrances. The entrances were put down in the 19th. There remains 30 towers, some in poor condition others well kept. The two shown on the two photos stand near Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul.

    The platform of the Remparts is now a promenade and a (free) parking lot.

    The Remparts : tower of the city wall The Remparts : tower of the city wall
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    The Synagogue

    by JLBG Written Mar 22, 2008

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    The oldest mention of a Jewish community living in Obernai dates back from 1215. Several Jewish remains have been found such as Hebraic fonts carved on entrances but no entire building.

    The synagogue that stands on Rue de Sélestatwas built in pink sand stone in1876 in neo-Romanesque style.

    The Synagogue The Synagogue
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    Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, the pulpit

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    The pulpit was built in late Gothic style and carved in wood. It is topped by a tall and sharp canopy which itself carved. Both the pulpit and the canopy are carved with numerous painted sacred figures among whom Saint Pierre, Saint Paul and Sainte Odile. The second photo is a close up that allows to see some of them.

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    Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, the nave

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    The columns and the vault are built in sand stone and have an alternate motif made with pink sand stone and white sand stone. The choir is decorated with interesting frescoes painted by Martin Feuerstein (1856-1931), not shown here. The heart of Mgr Freppel is kept in the choir.

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    Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, the baptistery

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    Sorry if the photo is not sharp but this part of the church is not well lit. The tank stands on a fourfold column. Both the tank and the columns are carved with stylized leaves. I have not found any data about the origin and the age of this baptistery. It seems rather old and should come from a previous church.

    ��glise Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, the baptistery
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    Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, right entrance

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    The right entrance is shown here as a general view (first photo and as a close up on the tympanum (second photo).

    On top, Saint Odile is represented in her Benedictine Abbess clothing. She is represented surrounded by blinds asking for miraculous curing. She bless them with the right hand and holds a book with two large eyes with her left hand.
    Beneath, four medallions represent scenes of Saint Odile’s life.

    On the left, born a girl and blind, while her mother is crying, she is handed by her nurse to a ward that was ordered by her father to kill her.

    Second left, after being hidden and raised, still not baptized, in Baume-les-Dames Abbey, near Besançon. At 12, she was baptized by an Irish monk, Saint Erhard, and recovered her eyes.

    Third, she comes back to Obernai and meets her father Adalric, duke of Alsace. He gives her as a gift the castle of Hohenbourg that she turns into a monastery to receive the blind pilgrims.

    Fourth, she is received in Heaven by an angel.

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    Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, central entrance

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    The first photo is a general view of the central entrance.

    The second photo is a close up on the door itself and shows the central pillar with the statue of the Virgin Mary.

    The third photo is a close up on the Tympanum. It is divided in three part.
    On the upper part, Saint Pierre (Peter) and Saint Paul frame Saint Odile under the Hohenzollern eagle (the church was built while Alsace was ruled by Germany)
    On the middle stripe, Jesus Christ lays dead, framed by his twelve followers. On each side, three women are crying.
    The lower strip is divided in four medallions that represent scenes of Christ’s life.

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    Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, left entrance

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    The western front of Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul has three entrances. The left one is shown here as a general view (first photo and as a close up on the tympanum (second photo).

    On top, Jesus Christ gives the key of Heaven to St Peter and the book of Law to Saint Paul. Beneath, four medallions represent scenes of Christ’s life.

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    Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, Mgr Freppel monume

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    On the parvis of Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul stands the monument for Mgr Freppel. Mgr Freppel, bishop of Angiers and rightist deputy at the National Assembly, was born in Obernai in 1827 and died in 1891. In Obernai, a street (along the church), a section of the remparts (behind the church), a school and a High school are named after him. This is funny as he was opposed to compulsory school as he felt it was unnecessary, inefficient and a tendency towards state socialism!

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    Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul was built between 1867 and 1872 in neogothic style at the place where was a former gothic church put down in 1867. It is the second largest sanctuary of Alsace after Strasbourg cathedral.

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    Puits à 6 seaux

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    The Puits à Six Seaux (Six buckets well), Sechseimerbrunnen in Alsatian. was built in 1579 in Renaissance style. The three Corinthian columns hold a canopy with inscriptions in German (or in Alsatian?) from the Ancient Testament (third photo).

    The well itself is decorated with carvings of flowers and leaves, more or less stylized (second photo).

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