Monday, November 12, 2007

Wissembourg, Lower Alsace

Wissembourg sights

In the following we provide you with various historical structures in Wissembourg.
In the tourism office Wissembourg they receive more information.

1. The history Wissembourgs
2. Touristenbähnchen
3. Abbey Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
4. The Salt House
5. The town hall
6. The city wall
7. Little Venice

1. The history Wissembourgs

. Wissembourg originates most likely from the time of the Romans.
From a wealthy Benedictine abbey, between 631 and 660 were to be developed in the village "Weißenburg".

1179 will Wissembourg in the documents of the Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa) for the first time as a city mentioned.
1354 is a member of the tens of Wissembourg Städtebund Deka Polis.

Wissembourg century AD housed the enttronten Polish king Stanislaus Leszcynski and his daughter, the future queen of France. The royal wedding, a long-distance marriage, was held in Strasbourg Cathedral. Maria was at the time 22 years and Louis XV. hatte das reife . Had the ripe age of 15 years.

Over the years was often Wissembourg war scene. The Battle of Weissenburg, a battle in the German-French war of 1870/71, was named after Wissembourg.

Nevertheless, many of historical buildings preserved. This is off the Haupteinkaufsstaße still small alleys where a historic residential building next to the other. Most of these houses are lovingly cared for and invite you to a journey into the past.

This institution of the Tourist Association Wissembourg brings you during a 45-minute sightseeing tour of the most interesting sights of the city.

The Bähnchen runs from June to September daily at 14h, 15h, 16h and 17h.
The round trip takes about 45 minutes.

3. Paul Abbey Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

The church, built in the region for the typical sandstone, originally belonged to a Benedictine monastery. Ende des 13. At the end of the 13th Jhd (um 1280) 1262-93, the octagonal Vorderturm built. Today's West Tower, with its arched windows Roman origins.
IIn your area, the Abbey Church of St. Peter and Paul, after the Strasbourg Cathedral, the second largest church in Alsace.

. The church is located corner of Rue du Chapitre / Avenue de la sous Prefecture.

4. The Salt House

The salt house was 1448 originally built as a hospital and later as Salzlager- and slaughter house.

The Salt House is located at Marché aux Poissons.

5. The town hall
1677 was Wissembourg the "strategy of scorched earth" The victims, but City Hall, mills and 70 homes, a total of about 3 / 4 of that city were destroyed by fire.
The construction of the present City Hall was 1741 by the mayor JPH Mulberger to plans by Joseph Massol commissioned.

The town hall is located on the Place de la République.

6. The city wall

1260 started the construction of the wall as the joint work of the monastery and Plant World.
Between 1746 and 1748, after the storm the "Pandours" on Wissembourg, in the occupied city of surprisingly high charges and was obliged to let Field Marshal de Cormontaigne the fortifications renew and significantly strengthened.
The today besichtigenden City Wall installations, still come from this time.

7. Little Venice

Wissembourgs "Little Venice" is worth a visit. Here you have a magnificent view of the Lauter, which winds through Wissembourg and various old Alsatian timbered houses, which lie directly on the water.

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Kim Houvener said...

Jacob Gerwig is my 3rd Great Grandfather and George is my 4th Great Grandfather. This is a very exciting read. Thank you for sharing.

Kim Scheidemantle Houvener

Kim Houvener said...

Georg was born on 2/26/1797, 8 Rue des Potiers, Oberbetchdorf in the Alsace , Betschdorf, Alsace, France. I have his parents and 5-6 more sets before him. If you want this information please email me.


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