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Old Saint Peter's Church, Strasbourg

#9 of 26 in Historic Sites in Strasbourg
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Church of Old Saint Peters is a by simultaneum Catholic and Lutheran church building in Strasbourg, Alsace is first mentioned in 1130.
In the Middle Ages it was one of Diocese of Strasbourg's nine parish churches.
On 22 May 1398 the Chapter of the Abbey of Honau, which had been in Rhinau since 1290, moved to Old St Peter's because of flooding in Rhinau. The Chapter stayed there until 1529, conducting its services in the choir, while the parish occupied the nave. When the Catholic rite was restored in 1683, the Chapter returned to the Church and stayed there until 1790, when it was wound up.
On 20 February 1529, when Strasbourg openly joined the Reformation and suspended the practice of the mass, the Church became Lutheran.
Martin Bucer and the other Strasbourg reformers had campaigned for several years to have Protestant services in all of Strasbourg's churches, but in 1525 the city council had voted to retain the mass in several churches, including Old St Peter's.
In 1535, in the context of the Reform, a Latin school, or 'Middle school' was opened at Old Saint Peters.
In 1683, two years after the annexation of Strasbourg by France, Louis XIV ordered that part of the Church be returned to the Catholics and that a wall be constructed inside the church by the rood screen, to restrict the Protestant services to the Nave. It was not until 2012 that a door was opened in this dividing wall.
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  • Interesting church at the beginning of Grand Rue and Rue du 22 Novembre. Reputed to have been built on the site of Strasbourg's first church, what makes this church even more interesting is it is...  more »
  • Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux church. It is not one, but rather two churches juxtaposed one over the other. Its two unusual bell towers mark the religious landscape that Strasbourg inherited, as a city...  more »
  • Mosaic on the walls very good, coloured! Nice place!
  • Beatiful church in strasbourg.

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