Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster, Ebersmunster

#21 of 113 in Historic Sites in Bas-Rhin
Must see · Church · Tourist Spot
The Abbey church Saint Maurice is the main attraction of the village of Ebersmunster near Sélestat, Alsace. The church completed in 1727, the work of Vorarlberg architect Peter Thumb, is considered one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in France.
Saint Maurice served as the abbey church of a now defunct Benedictine monastery, founded in the 7th century and belonging to the oldest in Alsace. The relatively plain exterior of the building, construction of which was started in the late 17th century to replace a much older predecessor, is related in its rectangular floor plan to a medieval form of architectural language and indicates nothing of the richness of the interior design and furnishing. These are largely the work of Tyrolean artists: the ceiling paintings (1730–1733), with depictions of the legends of Maurice and of Benedict are by Josef Mattes (nave) and Joseph Mages (chorus, transept, crossing); the choir and confessionals were also made by Tyrolians. Some Alsatians and Germans were however involved in the design of the bright and colorful interior: The expressive Samson pulpit (see also St. George's Church, Sélestat) is a work by Clemens Winterhalder and the mighty main altar (1728) one by Jean-Léonard Meyer from Sélestat The other altars are works by Anton von Wihl, from Sélestat, and Anton Ketterer, from Colmar.
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  • I never expected to see such a monumental church in such a small community. It was actually an abbey. It is purely unique by its size and beauty. There was a former church on the site which was...  more »
  • This church was one of a number built in the Rhine Valley after the catastrophes experienced in Europe during the 1600s - the wars caused by the Reformation, and the plague, among others. The guide.....  more »
  • Beautiful abbey, the interior is stunning.
  • An old place to see

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