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Otfried of Wissembourg

The Benedictine abbey in Wissembourg was founded as early as the 7th century and became the richest abbey in Alsace through donations of land. In 974, the abbey was elevated to the status of an imperial abbey. The monk Otfried of Weissenburg worked here in the 9th century. With his "Book of the Gospels", begun in 863 and completed in 871, Otfried wanted to prove that artistic poetry was also possible in the vernacular. The work, a rhymed, epic Gospel harmony in the South Rhine Franconian dialect, describes the life of Jesus in five books based on all four Gospels. Otfrid is considered the "progenitor of German literature". He introduced the Romance end rhyme instead of the Germanic staff rhyme. At the tithe barn, Place du Saumon, a relief shows Otfried reading the Gospels.

The town of Weissenburg developed on the Lauter River from a settlement around the monastery. It was a free imperial city from 1306-1697. It belonged to the ten-town alliance of Alsatian imperial towns.

The Romanesque monastery church was built in the 11th century. In the 13th century, the church was largely demolished and rebuilt in Gothic style. Only the Romanesque tower remained. The construction of a cloister was also begun. It is a pity it was never finished, because what you see is beautiful.


Chris of Wissembourg

The serious looking, frontally depicted head of the "Christ of Wissembourg" dates from around 1065 and can be admired today in the Musée de l'Œuvre Notre-Dame in Strasbourg. It is a fragment of an older window from 1070. A copy can be found in the modern stained glass window of the chapter house and another hangs as a picture in the chancel (September 2015).


Pictures from the church Saint Peter and Paul

  • Church of St. Peter and Paulseen from the town hall square
  • The abbey was founded in the 7th century by East Frankish nobles
  • The abbey church is predominantly Gothic (13th century).
  • View from the Southwith romanesque tower
  • TowerRemainder of the early romanesque complex
  • North viewAll that remains of the old Weissenburg monastery is an unfinished Gothic cloister.
  • Cloister
  • Cloister
  • Chapter housewas later used as a chapel, today as a room for exhibitions.
  • Chapter housenote the window
  • Modern window in the chapter houseIt is a copy of the stained-glass fragment "Christ of Weissenburg" from 1070.
  • Interior viewSt. Peter and Paul
  • Choir roomStained glass windows from the 14th century and a copy of the Christ of Weissenburg
  • OrganIt was restored to its original state in 2010/12
  • Organoriginally dates from 1766 and is the work of the organ builder Louis Dubois
  • Holy Sepulchre (14th-16th c.)
  • Holy SepulchreDetail
  • 11 metre high Saint ChristopherFresco from the 14th century.
  • Rose window14. century

Pictures form the town at the Lauter

  • Pilgrim groupon Quai Anselmann
  • Quai Anselmannat the Lauter
  • Quai Anselmannwith its 15th and 16th century houses. One of its outstanding buildings is the Vogelsberger House.
  • The Vogelsberger House, Renaissance house from 1540mit seinem schönen Renaissanceportal, über welchem eine Malerei Sébastien Vogelsberger und sein Wappen darstellt.
  • The Salt House (Maison de sel)was built in 1450 as a hospital and served as a salt store and military hospital.
  • The Salt House
  • Part of the city wall
  • on the Lauter
  • Schartenturmwhich belonged to the monastery wall.
  • Town Hall SquareThe town hall was built in pink sandstone in the middle of the 18th century.
  • View from the town hall square to the church of St. Peter and Paul
  • Rue de la République
  • The Lauter
  • The Abbey Church of St. Peter and Paul

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