Couvent des Dominicains de Colmar (Dominican Church), Colmar

Couvent des Dominicains de Colmar (Dominican Church), Colmar

Also called the Dominican Church, the convent is located at the Dominican Square (Place des Dominicains) and Nr. 1 Martyrs-of-the-Resistance Square (Place des Martyrs-de-la-Resistance) in Colmar. Couvent des Dominicains de Colmar was built in 1289 by the Dominican mendicant order of Preachers. The Preachers had arrived in Colmar in 1260.

The church has a vaulted choir of five bays. It has an apse of five octagonal sides and a nave with six bays supported by slender columns without capitals. Its stained glass windows date from early in the 14th century. They depict scenes from the Life of Christ. The cloister has arcades established in an irregular rectangle.

The choir is earlier than 1300. The nave was completed in 1346. The "Virgin of the Rose Bush," an altarpiece painted in 1473 by Renaissance artist Martin Schongauer, is in the choir. Murals in the cloister, painted from the last days of the 15th century, show the Passion of Christ.

During the 19th century, the church served non-religious purposes. The church was used for military stores during the French Revolution. In 1807 it became a corn exchange. In 1898 it was returned as a place of worship.

The convent buildings were erected in 1300, rebuilt in the 18th century, transformed into barracks for the gendarmerie in 1795, then housed the preparatory school for teachers. Since 1951 they have accommodated the municipal library.

The cloister and the church have been classified as historical monuments since November 2, 1948.

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Sight Name: Couvent des Dominicains de Colmar (Dominican Church)
Sight Location: Colmar, France (See walking tours in Colmar)
Sight Type: Religious
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