Saverne, France

Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité is the main church in Saverne. It was first built in the 12th century as a parish church before being re-consecrated to saint Bartholomew in the late 13th century. It was converted into a collegiate church of Augustinian Canons Regular in the 14th and 15th century and held that status by 1485 at the latest. It is now the town's parish church and has been listed a historic monument since 1977.

The oldest items of church furniture are the 1495 pulpit (with stone marks by Hans Hammer, master mason at Strasbourg Cathedral) and a carved wooden sculpture of the Virgin and Child from the same era, probably by Nikolaus Hagenauer. The choir has a 16th-century crucifix, a 15th-century pieta and part of a limewood sculpture of the Assumption, probably from a 1486 altarpiece. The windows in the main nave were almost completely destroyed by a bombing raid on the night of 30–31 July 1918.

The bell tower is the part of the church that displays the most Romanesque style, with its archery banners and its checkered frieze that is typical of Romanesque buildings in the region, such as Marmoutier, Reutenbourg or Schweheim. The original tower had only four levels that were surmounted by a simple roof with two inclined slopes. The roof was raised at the end of the 14th century.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Silvia Sottofattori (7 months ago)
Typical gothic church. Tall and well preserved spiers. Very beautiful and set in a typically Alsatian context. We popped in twice during the week and were even able to hear the organ. Usually the churches are closed and instead during the week the church was open to the public.
Mo. Mi. (14 months ago)
Thank you for this little break at Notre-Dame ? It is very pleasant, at least for us, when you can switch off for a few minutes after we have lit the candles ?️ ? switch off for a few minutes ?♥️ during a visit It's always very nice, no matter what city, if you can stop and look inside!!! Thank you see you again?
Nisrine Kasmi (4 years ago)
Escobaria Gracilis (7 years ago)
Nice old church in the downtown area.
Alan Pembshaw (7 years ago)
beautiful parish church with lovely stained glass
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