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    Saint-Georges Gothic church, portal

    by JLBG Written Mar 14, 2008

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    Saint-Georges Gothic church, portal

    The portal shown on this photo was built in 1320. The carvings were broken during the Revolution and replaced in 1847 by Sichler. It is framed by the statues of Saint Michael, of Saint George, of the resurrection of the son of the widow, of the Samaritan woman at the well, of the denarius of Cesar, the multiplication of breads, Jesus curing children.

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    Saint-Georges Gothic church, the pulpit

    by JLBG Updated Mar 19, 2008

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    The pulpit was carved in 1619 by Jérôme (Hieronimus) Kruch, a sculptor from Sélestat. It was built in grey sandstone that was painted with various colors. Samson, clad in a lion’s skin, holds the chair. The pulpit itself is decorated with the statue of several saints that are better seen on the third photo. Others sit on top of it;

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    Stork nest!

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    The first photo shows an ancient house with two levels of attic window, topped by a stork nest. In the background Saint-Georges Gothic church shows.

    The second photo was shot with tele lens and shows better the stork nest. It is about 1 meter thick and can weight as much as 400 kg. Storks are now helped by engineers that fit “nest holders” to avoid accidents!

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    Saint-Georges Gothic church, the roof

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    The roof of Saint-Georges Gothic church is covered with varnished tiles of various colors. They are arranged to make a geometrical design with diamond shapes of alternate colors: pale pink framed by red, framed itself with green with a black border and finally a red frame.

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    Saint-Georges Gothic church, the nave

    by JLBG Updated Mar 19, 2008

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    The first photo shows the central nave with in the background the organ and on the right the pulpit (see next tip)

    The second was shot the other way and shows the stained glass window with the chair on the left.

    The third photo shows the side nave.

    The pillars and vaults are made of painted sand stone carved between the 13th and the 15th in Alsatian Romanesque style.

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    The synagogue

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    The synagogue

    The synagogue stands where in 1836 were traditional community bath. It was designed in a Romano-byzantine style by Jean-Jacques Alexandre Stamm and built in 1890 with polychromatic bricks and sans stone. It was badly damaged in 1940. Between 1950 and 1960, it was restored by Lucien Cromback and Edmond Picard .

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    Old house with a horse riding knight

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    At the corner of an old house, a heavily armoured knight rides an equally armoured horse. He holds in the right hand a spear that seems to transpierce a small flying angel while his left hand holds a shield with a coat of arm with a standing lion (Habsbourg coat of arm?). Actually, the angel is not transpierced but flying over the knight!

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    Maison Régionale du pain

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    The first photo shows the old house that was the seat of the guild of bakers. It has been rehabilited and since 2001, it is the" Maison Régionale du pain " (Regional house of bread).It is open for visits and traditional ways of bread making are on display.

    The North side (second photo) has been added a glass wall that protects the superb stone spiral staircase. Unfortunately, photos are difficult and it is not easy to see it because of the reflection of Saint-Georges church!

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    Château d’eau

    by JLBG Updated Jul 24, 2009

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    This beautiful (in my opinion) and amazing structure in not mentioned in any guide, paper or electronic. I felt that it should be what is named in French a “château d’eau” (water tower) but the windows on top, where should be the tank, puzzled me and did not fit. However, after searching hard, I found that it was actually a water tower or better a Wasserstrurm, as it was built between 1906 and 1907 when Alsace was ruled by Germany. It was designed by Behr, an ingenier of the Melioratiosamt. The tower is 48 m high and topped by a 500 m3 tank made in riveted sheet iron. It was built following the model of a water tower built in 1893 in Deventer (the Netherlands). The style is neoromanesque with a coating of white and yellow bricks. It was topped by the Hohenzollern imperial eagle which was removed in 1918 and replaced by the Gallic cock. It has been inscribed in the French Heritage list in 1992.

    However, It does not seem to be used as a water tower but I have not found any further information on it.

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    Saint-Georges Gothic church, the tower

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    Saint-Georges Gothic church, the tower
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    Saint-Georges Gothic church stands where was the chapel where Charlemagne (Charles the Great) spent Christmas in 775 AD. It has Romanesque foundations. The Baroque tower, built in the 14th and badly damaged during WWII was finished fully repaired in 1975.

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    Tour-porte

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    As the city grew southwards, a city entrance topped by a watchtower was built in 1280.It is named the Tour-porte. In the 17th, it was added with four look-out turrets, one on each corner and covered with a bulb roof. This gives it a look of its own, not found anywhere else.

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    Ancien arsenal Sainte-Barbe

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    The Ancien arsenal Sainte-Barbe (former Sainte-Barbe arsenal) Stands on Place de la Victoire (Victory Square). It has a sumptuous gable with several levels of turrets. On top stands a stork nest that was empty when I took the photo.

    The second photo shows it from behind, which shows better the three levels of attic windows in the roof.

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    Hôtel d’Ebersmunster

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    H��tel d���Ebersmunster

    "Hôtel d’Ebersmunster" is not a hotel but what might be named a mansion or a palace. It was built as the city home of the prelates from the nearby Ebersmunster Abbey. The central tower hosts an helicoidal staircase. The attic was designed to store the tithe collected by the Abbey. It is now the seat of the cultural offices of the city of Sélestat.

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    Ancienne Commanderie

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    Ancienne Commanderie

    The Ancienne Commanderie (old Commandery) was from the end of the 16th to the 18th home for the Prior of the Community of the monks-knights of the Saint Jean Order. The magnificent tower with oblique windows contains an helicoidal staircase. It now hosts the Tourist Office.

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    Sainte Foy Romanesque church, the single tower

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    Sainte Foy Romanesque church, the single tower

    Église Sainte-Foy (Sainte Foy Romanesque church) was built in red sandstone and granite from the Vosges mountains by the Benedictine monks from the Abbey of Conques, in the Rouergues (south east of France) in the second half of the 12th. The single clock tower shown here stands on top of the transept.

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