Sessenheim Things to Do

  • Lutheran church - the interior
    Lutheran church - the interior
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  • Lutheran church - the interior
    Lutheran church - the interior
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  • The Path of Reconciliation
    The Path of Reconciliation
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    Rue Albert Fuchs No. 6 - Goethe Memorial

    by robertbaum Updated May 11, 2008

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    The house No. 6 in Rue Albert Fuchs from 1820 was used by guardsmen during the time of Napoleon. It has a timber porch typical for the imperial time.

    In 1961 professor Albert Fuchs founded the Goethe Memorial to commemorate the connection of the young Goethe with Sessenheim, who fell in love with the pastor's daughter Friederike Brion in 1770/71 and visited Sessenheim a couple of times.

    The building has two public rooms, the front "bust hall" (described separately) and the "room of documents" in the back. In the latter you can immerse into the time when Goethe was visiting Sessenheim, the French and German people, friends, philospohers, statesmen and their visions he was exposed to and influenced by.

    It is open to the public throughout the year.

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    Gravestone of father Brion

    by robertbaum Written May 11, 2008
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    On the outside of the southern wall of the church building you can find the gravestone of Johann Jacob Brion aged 70, the minister of the church and father of Friederike Brion whom Goethe fell in love with.

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    Rue Albert Fuchs No. 14

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    The house with the No. 14 in Rue Albert Fuchs is a further timber frame.

    It was built in 1819 by people with the initials HR + ML as can be read nicely written on one of the corner timber posts (see pictures).

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    Rue Albert Fuchs No. 16

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    The house with the No. 16 in Rue Albert Fuchs is another timber frame.

    It was built in 1821 by Jacob Vix and Katharina Heintz as can be read nicely written on one of the corner timber posts (see pictures).

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    Rue Albert Fuchs No. 5

    by robertbaum Written May 11, 2008
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    The house with the No. 5 in Rue Albert Fuchs is an old timber frame house.

    It was built in 1823 by Jacob Krautwasser and Carolina Hoen as can be read nicely written on one of the corner timber posts (see pictures).

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    Rue de la Paix

    by robertbaum Updated May 11, 2008
    Rue de la Paix No. 5 (left) and 7 (right)
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    The Rue de la Paix is another street lined with old timber frame houses. It leads to the Catholic church whose spire nicely landmarks the road.

    Pictures of houses include No. 1, No. 5, No. 7, No. 13 and No. 14.

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    Rue Albert Fuchs No. 4

    by robertbaum Updated May 11, 2008
    Rue Albert Fuchs No.4 - left the Goethe Memorial
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    The house with the No. 4 in Rue Albert Fuchs is a timber frame house with infills plastered in a bright yellow colour. It stands right beside the Goethe memorial.

    It was built in 1765 by the family Binder Schoeplin as can be read nicely written on one of the corner timber posts (see pictures).

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    Lutheran church - the sermon on the mount

    by robertbaum Written May 11, 2008
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    The artist Claude Braun has done a set of eight paintings "The Path of Reconciliation" that are exhibited in eight different churches in the South Palatinate of Germany and the North Alsace of France.

    No. 7 is placed here in the Lutheran church in Sessenheim.

    The Path of Reconciliation

    No. 1 in Bad Bergzabern "We are all children of God" (1 Moses 1,27) and "A world is collapsing" (1 Moses 3-7)
    No. 2 in Billigheim "The spiral of violence will be broken" (Isaiah 52ff)
    No. 3 in Hunspach "Such is reconciliation" and "An appeal to our responsibility" (2 Moses 20; 5 Moses 5)
    No. 4 in Steinweiler "Put in perspective" (Matthew 5,45)
    No. 5 in Niederbronn-les-Bains "Charity" (Luke 10, 25-37) and "An appeal to our conscience" (5, 38ff)
    No. 6 in Wissembourg "Jesus is put to the test" (John 8, 1-2)
    No. 7 in Sessenheim "Sermon on the mount" (Matthew 5,1-10)
    No. 8 in Klingenm├╝nster "The love of God is a gift" (John 15, 12-17)

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    Lutheran church - stained glass windows

    by robertbaum Updated May 11, 2008
    Lutheran church - the Lutheran Reformation
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    On the south side of the nave three large windows with stained glass depict three stations of historical importance for the reformed Lutheran church: the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Reformation.

    On the window about the reformation Luther can be seen standing at the Diet of Worms in 1521 defending his writings. His assumed closing words are also written below the painting "Hier steh ich. Ich kann nicht anders. Gott helfe mir. Amen." ("Here, I stand. I can do nothing else. God help me. Amen.")

    The windows where destroyed during the war but have been beautifully restored, as can be seen on the pictures.

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    Lutheran church

    by robertbaum Updated May 11, 2008
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    The Lutheran church was built in 1911/12 by the architect Jos. M├╝ller. It is an extension of the old
    church building of which only the spire and choir (today the sacristy) remain.

    At the time when Goethe visited Sessenheim, it was the only church and used by both congregations, the Lutheran and Catholic who held services in the sanctuary. The minister of this church in 1770/71, Reverend Brion is the father of Friederike Brion (1752-1813), who Goethe fell in love with. On sundays they were both listening to the sermon of her father, which was "a deadpan but never too long by her side".

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    Catholic church - side altar, chancel and cross

    by robertbaum Updated May 11, 2008
    Catholic church - the Holy Cross
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    Beside the main sanctuary with the main altar the two side altars, a bluish wooden chancel to the left and a large Holy Cross hanging on the right side wall are catching the eye of the visitor.

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    Rue Albert Fuchs

    by robertbaum Updated May 10, 2008
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    Albert Fuchs was a professor at the university in Strasbourg and the founder of the Goethe memorial.

    In the Rue Albert Fuchs many timber frame houses are still standing (see the pictures).

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