St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Wissembourg

Local nameAbbatiale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul
LocationWissembourg, France

St. Peter and St. Paul's Church of Wissembourg is frequently, but incorrectly, referred to as the second largest Gothic church of Alsace after Strasbourg Cathedral. However, the building, with its interior ground surface area of 1,320 square metres most probably is the second largest Gothic church in Bas-Rhin which is one of the two departments of the Alsace region. The former abbey church of Wissembourg's famous Benedictine abbey now serves as the main Roman Catholic parish church of the town.

The church displays a Romanesque bell tower, the sole remain of the church built in the 11th century under the direction of abbot Samuel, and is thus a station on the Route Romane d'Alsace. The major part of the currently visible church is the work of builders under the command of abbot Edelin, in the late 13th century.

Tags CatholicPlace of WorshipChristianChurchHeritageGothic Architecture
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Address 1 Avenue de la Sous-Préfecture, Wissembourg 67160, France

Coordinates 49°2'13.91" N 7°56'31.065" E

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