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    Rainy day boat trip

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 28, 2015

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    As in Amsterdam, an interesting rainy day activity in Strasbourg is to take a boat trip around the city.

    I call it a rainy day activity because when the weather is nice you will obviously prefer to be out cycling rather than just sitting in a boat.

    The boats leave from the Palais Rohan just below the Cathedral. Tickets cost EUR 7.00 for adults, and you get a ticket for a particular boat leaving at a particular time. Mine was called the Blue Cloud (Nuèe Blue) and left at 16:30 in the afternoon. (Price as of 2006.)

    Second photo: It hadn't started to rain yet when we went past the opera house.

    Third photo: Dark clouds gathering over the European Parliament and our tour boat.

    1. Tour boats on the Ill River 2. The opera house from the tour boat 3. European Parliament from the tour boat

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    Saint Guillaume Church.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 25, 2015

    Church of Saint Guillaume or Saint William in English and Sankt Wilhelm in German was found by Henri von Müllenheim because of his wow he made being the Crusader. Church was probably founded in the end of XIII century because it was consecrated in 1301 and was total functional by 1307. Church is situated at the bank of L’Ill River. Seven hundred years ago, port and wharfs were situated not far from the church, that’s why this church become parish church of shipbuilder guild in 1331. Today this church is Lutheran of Augsburg Confession, not Roman Catholic.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcome and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Well, information on working hours of this church is very confusing and controversial. I came there being absolutely sure church had to be open. But alas it was closed. I came in the yard and found couple member of church flock there and they opened church for me. What can I tell? They are good Christians and I made good donations.

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    Saint Guillaume Church. Interior

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 25, 2015

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    Although church suffered many so called reconstruction is preserved it original XIV century structure and gothic style. This church is well known because its exceptional acoustics, that’s why organ music and choirs concerts are available here. Since church has a lot of big windows its interiors are always well lit.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcome and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Well, information on working hours of this church is very confusing and controversial. I came there being absolutely sure church had to be open. But alas it was closed. I came in the yard and found couple member of church flock there and they opened church for me. What can I tell? They are good Christians and I made good donations.

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    Saint Guillaume Church. Stained Glass Windows.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 25, 2015

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    Church of Saint Guillaume or Saint William boasts with its several gothic stained glass windows. Those windows mostly show the scenes of Christ Passions. Some of stained glass windows were made in XIV and XV centuries but majority were made in second part of XIX century in neo-gothic style. Although those neo-gothic stained glasses are beautiful, anyway well trained eye will always find appropriate distinctions from the master pieces made by medieval masters.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcome and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Well, information on working hours of this church is very confusing and controversial. I came there being absolutely sure church had to be open. But alas it was closed. I came in the yard and found couple member of church flock there and they opened church for me. What can I tell? They are good Christians and I made good donations.

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    Saint Guillaume Church. Panel of Conversion.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 23, 2015

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    In the chancel you are going to find polychrome woodcarving panel with the scene of Conversion of Saint Guillaume or Saint William of Aquitaine made in beginning of XVI century. Real Saint William was second Count of Aquitaine, he was Frankish nobleman, who barn in 755 and died in 812 or in 814 A.D. In real life he fought against Moors in Spain and Southern France being one of commanders of Charlemagne. In 804 he founded the Monastery in Gellone known as Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert and the end of his life he retired to that monastery on May 28, 812 where he soon died. This monastery still exists not far from Lodeve in Southern France. A lot of legends were created about that Saint and they were formalized in XII-XIII centuries French “Chansons de gestes”. According to those songs William intended to liberate city of Orange from Moors. He disguised himself as one of them and entered mentioned city on the pretext of delivering a message to local Emir to his son. His identity was discovered, and he was thrown in to prison. Meanwhile the Franks, who arrived to rescue William, pitched their tents outside the city walls. They discovered the secret tunnel beneath the city, allowing them to rescue William and recapture Orange. Here at the panel Saint William is shown as the prisoner of Moors in Orange. They are ironing him. He is shown in chain mail hauberk, all details are shown excellent. We can also see taken off parts of Saint William’s armors such as cuirass, leg and hand defenses. This panel is excellent source of information on arms and armor of first quarter of XVI century.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcome and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Well, information on working hours of this church is very confusing and controversial. I came there being absolutely sure church had to be open. But alas it was closed. I came in the yard and found couple member of church flock there and they opened church for me. What can I tell? They are good Christians and I made good donations.

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    Saint Guillaume Church. Chapel

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 23, 2015

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    Church of Saint Guillaume or Sant William of Aquitaine has a chapel. This chapel has no particular name and known just as the chapel. It had separate entrance/exits from the yard where parochial buildings are or you can get there through high altar. What interesting you are going to find there? You are going to find several funeral slabs of XVII century but the most interesting is the sepulcher of two Counts of Werdt. Count Ulrich von Werdt, Landgrave of Alsace who died in 1344 and his effigy represents the knight in armor typical for first half of XIV century. His torso is protected by coat of plates and over this coat of plates he wears heraldic jupon with von Werdt family coat of arms. His head protected by bassinet helmet with chainmail aventail. His legs and upper parts of hands are protected by chainmail. Iron knee caps on his knees. His forearms are protected with leather braces studded with iron stripes. Sword and gauntlets are near right hand of Count Ulrich his head with put on bassinet helmet is resting on so-called Great helm or Topfhelm in German. Usually this great helm could be put on the bassinet.
    Under figure of Count Ulrich we can see the effigy of Philip von Werdt, Landgrave of Alsace who died in 1332. This sepulcher was made by citizen of Strasbourg Wilvelin von Rufach. Seven hundred years ago population of Strasbourg was totally German speaking.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcome and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Well, information on working hours of this church is very confusing and controversial. I came there being absolutely sure church had to be open. But alas it was closed. I came in the yard and found couple member of church flock there and they opened church for me. What can I tell? They are good Christians and I made good donations.

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    Saint Etienne Episcopal College.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 22, 2015

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    Saint Etienne Episcopal College includes primary school, college and lyceum. It situated in the monastery founded in VIII century A.D. Apse of the church is very beautiful and it is better to observe it from the bridges over the River L’Ill. Western facade of church was probably badly damaged during later centuries and now it is looking like a blind wall. Monastery was disbanded during Godless French Revolution of 1789. College was founded here in 1858 and opened in 1861.

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    Saint Thomas Church.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 20, 2015

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    First church o chapel dedicated to Saint Thomas the Apostle was founded at this place in VI century A. D. yet. Adelochus the Bishop of Strasbourg built “new” church and school here in IX century. Alas his church and school were burnt in 1007 and after the restoration in 1144 again. Construction of present church began in 1196 and was accomplished at last in 1526. That’s why church is mostly Gothic in style. Since 1524 church became Protestant become its parishioners were converted to Protestantism. When city of Strasbourg was annexed by France then this church again became Roman Catholic. Today this church is the biggest Lutheran Church in entire Alsace. To my mind this church is one of many “must see” places in Strasbourg.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Meditations take place midday from Monday through Saturday from12:10 to 12:30, so no visits on that time!
    From October to May church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 hours.
    From May to October church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 hours.
    On Sundays open from 12:00 to 17:00 hours
    Sunday morning the church is reserved for worships, in German at 09:15 and in French at 10:30.

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    Saint Thomas Church. Cloister

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 20, 2015

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    Usually tourists see Saint Thomas church from west and north. But it is better to spent additional ten minutes and go around of apse along Place Saint Tomas Street. You reward will be colonnades of partly survived cloister. I haven’t found any information on it but judging its architectural Late Romanesque/Early gothic style it could be built in the end of XII or first half of XIII century. This is silent but excellent monument of German medieval architecture. Public has no access there but you will be able to observe everything through the bars.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Meditations take place midday from Monday through Saturday from12:10 to 12:30, so no visits on that time!
    From October to May church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 hours.
    From May to October church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 hours.
    On Sundays open from 12:00 to 17:00 hours
    Sunday morning the church is reserved for worships, in German at 09:15 and in French at 10:30.

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    Saint Thomas Church. Interior

    by Oleg_D. Updated Dec 20, 2015

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    Interiors of this church as we can see it today was built mostly in XIV-XV centuries. That’s why all interiors are expressively Gothic in style. It is 65 meters long, 30 meters wide and 22 meters high. This church has five naves and this is no typical for such churches. Usually only biggest European cathedrals have five naves as Duomo of Milan or Notre Dame de Paris. This church has two organs and one of them played Mozart in 1778.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Meditations take place midday from Monday through Saturday from12:10 to 12:30, so no visits on that time!
    From October to May church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 hours.
    From May to October church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 hours.
    On Sundays open from 12:00 to 17:00 hours
    Sunday morning the church is reserved for worships, in German at 09:15 and in French at 10:30.

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    Saint Thomas Church. North transept

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 19, 2015

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    In the southern wing of transept you are going to find some interesting tombs and funeral slabs XIV-XVIII centuries. Here you are going to see funeral slab of Johannes of Austria who died in 1356. Another slab belongs to Nikolaus Roeder von Tiersberg who died in 1510, he is known as donator of Mount of Olives sculptural group he donated to Strasbourg Cathedral. On funeral slab you can see his decaying body and sculptures of Mount of Olives you still can see in northern transept of Strasbourg cathedral. There re always other old slabs.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Meditations take place midday from Monday through Saturday from12:10 to 12:30, so no visits on that time!
    From October to May church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 hours.
    From May to October church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 hours.
    On Sundays open from 12:00 to 17:00 hours
    Sunday morning the church is reserved for worships, in German at 09:15 and in French at 10:30.

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    Saint Thomas Church. South transept

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 19, 2015

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    In the southern wing of transept you are going to find some interesting tombs and funeral slabs XII-XVIII centuries. In the center you will find stone sarcophagus of Adelochus the Bishop of Strasbourg who lived in IX century and founded church and school ay this same place. This Romanesque sarcophagus was made in 1130. Them you will be able to see funeral slab of Friedrich Ludwig Kanoffski von Langendorf (1592-1645). During Thirty Years War he was fighting for Protestant League. He was colonel of Swedish Army and Commandant of the city of Freiburg im Breisgau on the service of Duke Bernard of Weimar. He is dressed in typical cuirassier’s armor of mid of XVII century.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Meditations take place midday from Monday through Saturday from12:10 to 12:30, so no visits on that time!
    From October to May church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 hours.
    From May to October church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 hours.
    On Sundays open from 12:00 to 17:00 hours
    Sunday morning the church is reserved for worships, in German at 09:15 and in French at 10:30.

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    Saint Thomas Church. Silbermann organ

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 19, 2015

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    Well, if you like classic music and is you are interested in history of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart life then church of Saint Thomas is must see place for you. Why? Because there are so-called Silbermann organ, the organ made in 1741 by Johann Andreas Silbermann the famous Alsatian organ master. Mozart played this organ in 1778 when he visited Strasbourg and church of Saint Tomas. We know this fact for sure because Mozart mentioned about in his letter to his father. Although organ was restored several times, its key desk is original and we can say Mozart’s fingers touched it. You will find it in Northern nave.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Meditations take place midday from Monday through Saturday from12:10 to 12:30, so no visits on that time!
    From October to May church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 hours.
    From May to October church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 hours.
    On Sundays open from 12:00 to 17:00 hours
    Sunday morning the church is reserved for worships, in German at 09:15 and in French at 10:30.

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    Saint Thomas Church. Saint Michael Fresco

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 19, 2015

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    In the southern nave of this church you are going to find the fresco of end of XV century made in typical late Gothic style showing Saint Michael killing the Devil. Saint Michael traditionally is shown as the knight or man-at-arms (because not every man-at-arms was a knight but any knight was equipped and fought as man-at-arms). So, Saint Michael is shown in splendid suit of late Gothic armor of typical German style. His armor made out of iron parts riveted or studded to leather cover. Unfortunately none of such armor survived till nowadays and we can see such type of armor only in art sources of information. Southern nave is lit by the sun lights much better than other parts of this church. So, come on sunny day and enjoy this fresco. By the way, this is the biggest fresco with Saint Michael in entire France.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Meditations take place midday from Monday through Saturday from12:10 to 12:30, so no visits on that time!
    From October to May church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 hours.
    From May to October church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 hours.
    On Sundays open from 12:00 to 17:00 hours
    Sunday morning the church is reserved for worships, in German at 09:15 and in French at 10:30.

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    Saint Thomas Church. Maurice of Saxony Tomb

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 19, 2015

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    Church of Saint Thomas is famous because French Marshal Maurice of Saxony (1696-1750) is buried here. As you all probably remember he was the most prominent French Commander during the reign of Luis XV and the war of Austrian Succession. In 1745 he defeated Brits under Duke of Cumberland and their Allies Dutch and Holy Roman Imperialists at the Battle of Fontenoy. Alas he died out of fever in 1750 and left 354 illegitimate children. Although we should remember that he himself was illegitimate son of Augustus II King of Saxony also was known as Augustus the Strong. This splendid sepulcher was built by Jean Baptiste Pigalle in 1777 in late baroque style.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    Meditations take place midday from Monday through Saturday from12:10 to 12:30, so no visits on that time!
    From October to May church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 hours.
    From May to October church is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 hours.
    On Sundays open from 12:00 to 17:00 hours
    Sunday morning the church is reserved for worships, in German at 09:15 and in French at 10:30.

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