Obernai Things to Do

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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.

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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.

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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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    Ancienne Halle aux blés

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    The so called Ancienne Halle aux blés (Ancient corn market) was actually the butchers’ market and was built in 1554.

    Salt, which was a city monopoly, was stored at the first level and corn was stored in the attic (second level). The first level was also the seat of the Kaufhaus (custom office).

    The bell on top was ring to say that the butchers’ market was opened (first photo)

    The engraving on top of the entrance is “Halle aux Blés” (second photo)

    The third photo shows a twisted column that tops the angle of the building and the fourth photo is a close-up on an amazing copper gargoyle that looks like a dragon!.

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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 '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.

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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 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.

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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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    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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    Belfrey

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    When standing in front of Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, you get a general view on a part of the old city (photo 1). A sharp tower stands out of the city’s roofs. It is the beffroi (Belfrey) or Kappellturm, than can be seen from everywhere in the city.

    Walking a little ahead, the second photo shows it, half hidden by the Hôtel de Ville.

    Some more walking and you will get a full view of the Kappellturm as it is named by locals (photo 3).

    It was the 59.60 meters high clock-tower of a chapel dedicated to Virgin Mary, built in 1280 in pink sandstone. The chapel itself was put down at the end of the 19th. Only the clock tower and the choir were kept. The choir is now hosting the tourist Office.

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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.

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    Hôtel de ville, entrance Rue du Général Gouraud

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    It is not possible to get a view of the whole Hôtel de Ville on a single shot, even with wide angle lens. To get the first photo, I had to glue together two photos and it is far from perfect. Each of the individual photos are given as photos 2 and 3.

    Even imperfect, photo 1 shows that the Hôtel de ville is made of a central building with two side buildings. The left building has an entrance on Place du Marché (previous tip) and was built from 1462 to 1523 in Renaissance style. The delicately carved balcony was added in 1604 and is sustained by carved figures (see next tip). The left building has actually been modified in 1848 when the central and the right part were built. Both sides look almost alike though the right was built 300 years after the right!

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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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    Place du marché

    by JLBG Written Mar 21, 2008

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    Place du marché (Market Square) is the center of Obernai. It is framed by some of the most beautiful Renaissance monuments of the city.

    The first photo shows in the background, the Ancienne Halle aux Blés, on the right the Hôtel de Ville and (hidden) the Fontaine Sainte-Odile.

    The second photo, shot the other way, shows in the middle the Hôtel de Ville and on the left the Belfrey with the Tourist Office. In the far left, Fontaine Sainte-Odile.

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