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    Maison du Sel, Wissembourg

    by gwened Written Jun 25, 2014

    A historical house in Wissembourg/ the house is by rue des cordonniers et rue du sel. The ground floor is stoneware with chains. A part of the wing on the rue des cordonniers, the rest of the 2 wings is arranged like classrooms from the 19C. Upstairs is in wood panelling, lightweight cantilever on the rue du sel. wooden panels are neat and features curule chairs, posts with links to Rooster eye, cut full links, a double window with slightly protruding and summarily carved frame. The entrance door, on rue des cordonniers consists of intersecting moulding of late Gothic type and decoration Renaissance . It gives access to a transverse hallway that communicates with the posterior Court by a door also decorated with intersecting mouldings. The right wooden staircase is renovated.

    A bit of history
    According to the historical work this House was built by the city for storage of salt and Gage housing. The House is a commemorative inscription, in 1566, saying that on that date the construction of the building was started. The scholar A. Schaaf noted, in his sketchbooks, the date 1540 above a small door Gothic in the hallway. Neither one have been seen during the survey (only the corridor was accessible). The House sold in 1791, by the city, housed the school of Catholic boys until the construction of the Wentzel school opened in 1884.

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    Maison du Sel,
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    Church St Pierre et St Paul, Obernai

    by gwened Written Jun 20, 2014

    A nice Church of the thousands in France, this one in Obernai is nice and seating in a quaint square.

    A bit of history I like
    Built in the site of a gothic Church demolished in 1867, the Church of Saints Pierre et Paul, is of a neo gothic style , and built between 1865-1870. It is the biggest sanctuary in Alsace behind that of the Cathédrale de Strasbourg.

    ITs choir has the rich paintings of Martin Feuerstein (1856-1931) and the woodwork of Théophile Klem (1849-1923). The right transept has a beautiful stained glass dating from the 19C, and on the left two jewels of flamboyant gothic the autel of Saint-Sépulcre from 1504 ,and four glasses from the end of the 15C as well as the rose brick urn of the Vosges containing the heart of Monseigneur Freppel, bishop of Angers, born in Obernai in 1827 ,and died in 1891.

    The organ has a long history but done by German born Joseph Merklin who in 1870 became French when Alsace came out from France. It is done in 1882. It is enough story for me to visit, you should too.

    Church St Pierre et St Paul the organ in the choir the big organ by rosary
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    Fontaine les puits à six seaux,Obernai

    by gwened Written Jun 20, 2014

    A nice beautiful should say fountain in city center richly decorated always nice to stop by.
    Constructed in 1579 in the Renaissance style by a team of craftsmen from Strasbourg, the well was originally painted. Three columns with Corinthian capitals support an octagonal canopy decorated with sculptures inspired by the New Testament.
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    A bit of history I like
    Wells to six buckets (three pulleys supporting each two buckets). This outstanding Renaissance wells circular Curbstone and octagonal canopy carried by 3 columns is at rue de chanoine Gyss. In the communal accounts it tells the construction in the spring of 1579 and cited authors (Architect: Henri Ottmann, sculptor: Conrad Miller, locksmith, painter, Boilermaker). The decor painted in the vault was still visible around 1900. It was completely demolished by accident in 1970, the aedicula has been restored to the same. There are also jobbers (the eastern side of the well may) marks

    Decorated with Renaissance motifs, this well to six buckets is the work of a group of Strasbourg artisans. Cartridges are excerpts from the Gospel of John, recounting the maintenance of Christ with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well and a passage from the discourse on the bread of life.
    On the corniche, an Angel bears the arms of the Habsburgs.

    Accidentally demolished in 1970, it has been rebuilt identically, with reuse of original elements.

    Fountain well of six buckets
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    Fontaine de Sainte Odile, Obernai

    by gwened Written Jun 20, 2014

    Obernai's homage to the illustrious patron saint of Alsace, the fountain was built in 1904, and designed by Alfred Marzolff, in order to mark the successful completion of work to bring running water to the town (1893)
    Built facing the town hall, it shows Saint Odile, with her Abbess cross. The open book and the two eyes recall her miraculous cure from blindness.

    It is at the place de l'Hôtel de Ville facing the mayor's office. A symbol of Obernai.

    Fountain Sainte Odile the fountain Ste Odile and hotel de ville
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    Synagogue d'Obernai

    by gwened Written Jun 20, 2014

    located at Rue de Sélestat, 67210 Obernai
    it was an interesting building and surprise to see a synagogue passing by so here is a tip on it.
    The bit of history is here
    The old jewish community disappear in the 15C. The Jews come back here in the 18C. A private synagogue was built around 1750 , the remains were renovated a few years back.

    The growing community needs a new one and it was finished by 1876 ;still in use. The circonscription of the Rabbi is at Niedernai,the seat before the French revolution of the tribunal (Beth Dîn) of the nobility of Alsace. It has since been transfered to Itterswiller after 1854, and comes to Obernai in 1867.

    The music festival is now held here for the 5th time see link tourism Obernai

    front of synagoque of Obernai side of synagogue of Obernai back of synagogue of Obernai
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    Beffroi or belltower Obernai

    by gwened Updated Jun 20, 2014

    This is a nice belltower to see in city center Obernai, really nice. It has a height of 59,60 meters and with its choir attach is the last remains of the chapel of the Virgin, built in the 13C and destroyed in 1873.

    The first four levels were built around 1280 in rose brick from the Vosges. The fifth level has an octoganal Arrow added in 1597. The bells served as a look out for the city and warnings. Today still the bell sound.

    It sits next to the Hôtel de Ville at place de l'hôtel de ville (see photo 2)
    The current town hall retains traces of an older structure built on arches (Laube) in which the burghers’ court was held (1370). In 1848, the building was extended in the Neo Renaissance style. The facades with their painted decorative designs were restored in 1992-1993.

    Beffroi at Obernai Beffroi and next the hotel de ville
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    Tour d'Horloge or Neuve Sélestat

    by gwened Written Jun 20, 2014

    An interesting sight entering the town of Sélestat in Alsace

    Entry from the city centre, you won't miss a note of magnificent building during your passage to Sélestat.

    Under the tower is reached even today by the two arches broken by the end of the 13C. The trace of the hinges and the Groove of the Harrow are still visible. Initially less high and crenellated, it was completed at its peak, in 1614, by four bartizans and rather decorative gunboats, covered with a stylish roof with lantern and weather vane. The floor is accessed by a small turret and adjacent to the east side. The ceiling of the porch is painted too!

    See in French the next to last site at Selestat city webpage.

    tour d'horloge or neuve,S��lestat
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    Kientzheim

    by tini58de Updated Feb 4, 2007

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    Kientzheim was one of the villages that we passed on one of our bike tours - just a very typical Alsacian village - and well known for the vinyards and the vineries! It is located in the vicinity of Riquewihr and Kaysersberg.

    Kientzheim
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    Rombach-le-Franc

    by elgin99 Written Jan 18, 2005

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    Rombach-le-Franc, region Alsace, departement Haut-Rhin, has only 800 habitants.Activities nearby: Mountain Biking / Biking, Cross-country skiing, Town swimming pool, Hiking, Hunting, Horseback Riding, Golf, Vineyard

    It´s a very romantic little village with nice accomodations and likable people and a beautiful nature scenery.

    15 km from Sélestat.

    Sorry, but I lost many pictures from there.

    view above Rombach
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    Historical Sights in Alsace

    by Carino Written Nov 3, 2003

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    When travelling in Alsace be sure to visit Concentration Camp Natzweiler-Struthof and Hartmannsweilerkopf / Vieil Armand.

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    Great Wine from Alsace

    by Carino Written Nov 3, 2003

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    Alsace is famous for its wine road. This Road is going from Marlenheim all the way south to Thann.

    All together 170 kilometres of great landscape with beautifull vineyards.

    You can stop in almost every village along this street to relax in a Wine Bar and try some of the best wine in the world.

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    Kaysersberg is one of the more...

    by naranja Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Kaysersberg is one of the more picturesque villages on the 'route du vin'. There is an incredible medieval ambiance, so much so, that I expected to encounter a knight in a shining armor, anytime I turned around a corner.
    Dr. Albert Schweizer (1875-1965)was born here. Organist, musician and priest, he went back to university to study medecine and with on his own built a hospital in Lambarene, Africa, where he aided the poor and sick. He was one of my heros since I was a little girl, I was fascinated by his mission in Africa.1952 he was rewarded with the Nobel prize for peace.

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    Ruins of the Castle of Eguisheim

    by tini58de Updated Feb 4, 2007

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    What a wonderful hike it was to get to the ruins of Eguisheim - dense forest with a little sunshine -sooooooo enjoyable and so cool!

    castle of Eguisheim
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