Église Saint-Pierre le Vieux (Old St. Peter's Church), Strasbourg

Église Saint-Pierre le Vieux (Old St. Peter's Church), Strasbourg

The Saint Pierre-le-Vieux Church stands as Strasbourg's oldest religious edifice, a definite highlight for any visitor.

Although its documented history dates back to 1130, remnants of a far more ancient structure, possibly from the 4th to 8th centuries, can be discerned within its walls. According to local lore, Saint Maternus himself may have overseen the construction of this early place of worship.

Today's iteration of the church was erected in 1382, an architectural marvel in that it served both Catholic and Protestant congregations. Initially under Catholic auspices from 1382 to 1529, it later transitioned to Lutheran control, a significant event that marked France's inaugural instance of a dual-religion church in 1638.

In response to the burgeoning Catholic community in 1867, architect Courath was entrusted with extending the original building perpendicularly. The evolution continued in 1912 when two bays were removed to accommodate the new Rue de 22 Novembre, an addition that also included a fresh facade and a bell tower.

Within the church's confines, one can marvel at the antique rood-screen. Adjacent to the partition dividing the two faiths, four reredos from the 15th century stand as poignant examples of artistry. Imprinted onto the choir's wooden framework are ten panels portraying the Passion of Christ, masterfully crafted by Hénri Lutzelmann in 1488.

Why You Should Visit:
Interesting architectural design and you can regularly listen to organ recitals that give life to the building.

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Sight Name: Église Saint-Pierre le Vieux (Old St. Peter's Church)
Sight Location: Strasbourg, France (See walking tours in Strasbourg)
Sight Type: Religious
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