Église Saint Pierre le Vieux, Strasbourg
This was another Church that I came across where I could visit the inside. First I had to walk past the several beggars that were sitting outside the Church entrance.
Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux Church is believed to be the first Church built in Strasbourg as it was mentioned way back in 1130, although a much older church dated back to the 4th or 8th centuries. The Church I visited was built in 1382. From 1382 to 1529 it belonged to the Catholic congregation of the city, then in 1529 it was handed over to the Lutherans, before becoming the first double-religion church in France in 1638.
Inside, inthe woodwork on the wall of the choir, are 10 panels representing the Passion of Christ , dated about 1480. There was a beautifully decorated organ (1709) and some old murals, sacred paintings, carved wooden panels, and some stained glass windows a little different to other Churches. The Church was built along one of the most important Roman roads of the city,
Regular concerts are held
You can reach here on............ Tram B or F - Alt stop Winmarik
Bus 4 - stop Pont Kuss
Église Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune (Church Saint Peter the New) stands at the end of Petite rue de l'Église/Klein Krichgass. Three churches have been built one after the other on the same place. There remains only a cave from the first one (VIIth). The second (1031) has left a nice cloister. Most of the church was built at the end of the XIIIth and has been restored e around 1900. It is now a Protestant church.
The entrance of the Catholic Church of Saint Pierre le Vieux is topped by three rows of sculptures.
On top a bearded bishop holds the keys of the city, framed by citizens, men and women on the left, and by priests and warriors on the right.
In the middle, several scenes from the crucifixion of Jesus.
In the bottom, several scenes of every days' life.
Actually Église Saint Pierre le Vieux is a double church. On the left, with a tower, the Catholic Church, built in 1529. On the right, the Protestant Church, built in 1867.
Next tip will give a closer look to the entrance of the Catholic Church.
Église Saint Pierre le Vieux (Church Saint Pierre the Old) is shown here from the Ill.
It should have been the first cathedral in the city, built along one of the main Roman streets, the Strata Superior. The present church was began to build in 1382. In 1529, it became a Protestant church. Louis XIV turned it back to the Catholics. In 1867 a second church was built, perpendicular to the first and was allotted to the Protestants.
If you enlarge the photo, you will see on the right one of the locks of the Ponts tournants (other tip)