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    Église St Pierre & Paul, lion and peasant acrotere

    by JLBG Updated May 21, 2008

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    At the lowest part of the western pediment a bearded peasant (monk ?) is crouched while a lion stands behind him with its paws on his shoulders and his open mouth, mooking as if he was to brake his skull with its powerful jaws.
    Photo 2 shows were it is standing.

    If you enlarge photo 3, you will see that there are actually 4 identical (almost identical!) statues : two on top of the outer walls of the side naves, two at the lower part of the pediment on top of the central nave.

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    Porte Basse

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    Porte Basse

    The porte Basse (lower gate) is also named Porte de la Vierge (Virgin entrance) and opens in the outer city wall and was built at the end of the 13th and beginning of the 14th. As a defense tower, it has few openings. You have to pass the Porte Basse to go out of Rosheim towards Strasbourg. It is topped with a very steep cover and framed with tow smaller entrances.

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    Porte de l’école

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    When going out of Église Saint Pierre et Paul, the inner city wall stands on the left. The east gate is named Porte de l’école (School gate). Actually, the Porte de l’école does not open in an actual city wall but in a building which looks half abandoned and that has been at one time a public library (second photo).

    If you enlarge the third photo, you will see in the background the outer city wall with the Porte Basse.

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    400 years old bread?

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    400 years old bread?

    In front of Église Saint Pierre et Paul, Witz-Rohmer bakery prides itself to be the oldest bakery in France, with 400 years of continuously making bread, over 15 generations of bakers in the family. This is what is written on the post hanging on its front. They do not tell if they have kept a sample of the first bread ever baked in their oven!

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    Église Saint Pierre et Paul, the nave

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    ��glise Saint Pierre et Paul, the nave

    The inside of Église Saint Pierre et Paul is severe, and has few carvings. The powerful columns toped with Romanesque vaults are imposing and give a real impression of peace and stability. According to specialists, the quality of the stone masonry makes Rosheim’s church a fine example of Alsace Romanesque architecture.

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    Église Saint Pierre et Paul, southern entrance

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    ��glise Saint Pierre et Paul, southern entrance

    The main entrance of Église Saint Pierre et Paul is on the southern side of the nave and opens on the terrace. It is framed by columns with an unusual look.

    On the left, the column is carved with a series of linked concentric circular shapes.

    On the right, the column is carved with a herring-bone pattern.

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    Église Saint Pierre et Paul, western entrance

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    ��glise Saint Pierre et Paul, western entrance

    Usually, in a church, the main entrance opens in the axis of the nave. In Église Saint Pierre et Paul, this is not the case and this entrance, which was closed, is narrow and scarcely decorated with a series of tiny fluted moldings.

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    Église Saint Pierre et Paul, carvings outside the

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    On the first photo, I have pointed out the carvings outside the apse of Église Saint Pierre et Paul..

    Photo 2 is a close up on the apse.
    Photo 3 is a close up on Saint Luc’s bull (below, left)
    Photo 4 is a close up on Saint John’s eagle (top left)
    Photo 5 is a close up on Saint Marc’s lion (below right)
    Saint Matthew’s angel (top right) was hammered during the French Revolution.

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    Église Saint Pierre et Paul, the apse

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    ��glise Saint Pierre et Paul, the apse

    On the eastern side of Église Saint Pierre et Paul the semi-circular apse (on the right of the photo) has been added with a rectangular shaped chapel (on the left) on which an amazing small round watch turret is stuck

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    Église Saint Pierre et Paul, various acroteres

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    Église Saint Pierre et Paul is decorated with several acroteres.

    Acroteres, in Roman and Greek architecture were statues standing on top or on the pediments of a building.,

    On the first photo, I have added arrows showing some of the acroters. The other photos are close ups.
    Photo 2 is a close up on the eagle standing on top of the western pediment.
    Photo 3 a close up on a beggar sitting on the roof , almost over the choir.
    Photo 4 is a close up on a standing hermite praying
    Photo of a lin on top of a peasant is in the next tip.

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    Église Saint Pierre et Paul

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    ��glise Saint Pierre et Paul

    Église Saint Pierre et Paul is a Romanesque church built with yellow sandstone between 1160 and 1195. It is among the most prominent Romanesque churches of Alsace. It was built because the inhabitants of the city wanted it strongly and because the Hohenstauffen family, that became later Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire were the local lords.

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    Tourist Office

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    Tourist Office

    The Tourist office stands on “Place de la République” and rue du Général De Gaulle, near the Puits à 6 seaux. It stands in a 1751 house named “la Laube”, with wide arches that have now been closed with glass windows. It was the city butcher’s market.

    They are very helpful and explained us where was the Maison Païenne that we had missed on arrival.

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    Puits à 6 seaux

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    Puits à 6 seaux (six buckets well) or Sechseimerbrunnen stands just inside the Porte de l’Horloge, on what is now named “Place de la République”. It was used till 1906. It was built in 1605 in Renaissance style by Zumsteeg, a local sculptor, that built also the 6 buckets well of Bœrsch. The lion on top, holding the coat of arm of the city was added in 2001.

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    Peasant holding a beam

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    Peasant holding a beam

    Close to the Maison Païenne, a peasant clad in traditional Middle-Ages clothing holds the beam over the entrance of a house. I feel that it is a modern carving but anyhow, this is well done and fits well with the surrounding!

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    Maison Païenne

    by JLBG Written Mar 25, 2008

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    The Maison Romane (Romanesque House) is most of the time nicknamed Maison Païenne (Pagan House) is one of the oldest private houses in Alsace. It was built in stone in 1152 when very few private houses were stone built: most were either wooden houses or half timbered houses.

    The Maison Romane was built outside the first row of city wall and inside the second. Same as most Romanesque Houses, there was no internal passage between the ground floor (storage of goods) and the first level (living): the access to the first level was by an outside wooden staircase that has now been restored. The house had few openings for security reasons. The wooden part on the left was toilets. There was no exhaust: matters just fell underneath. Do not worry, though it has been restored, it is not working that way anymore and you can walk around the house without being splashed by anything!

    If you are not aware of this house, you can easily miss it. This is what happened us and we came back after we visited the Tourist Office.

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