Église Saint-Pantaléon Church

Gueberschwihr, France

Église Saint-Pantaléon Church was built in the 12th century. The first patron saint was saint Himère. After the epidemic of plague between the years 1337 and 1348, saint Pantaleon was chosen as saint patron. In 1835 as the church was too small, a new one was built. But from 1850, many cracks in the walls appeared. In 1874 and 1878, a new church was built with a larger nave. The roman bell tower was preserved. Behind the church, there are some archways from an old chapel Saint-Michel, which was an ossuary.



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


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sylvie Couepel (10 months ago)
A must see ! Very beautiful well restored church. Magnificent works of art. The village is very beautiful and worth a walk...
Laugal Laugal (13 months ago)
The Romanesque bell tower dates from the Middle Ages (12th century) and its fortified appearance recalls when these distant times the site was surrounded by a ditch filled with water in order to protect the parish from fairly frequent acts of robbery and war. The rest of the church was rebuilt in the 19th century to cope with an increase in population. Surrounding the church is a series of Merovingian sarcophagi.
gilles schmidt-lissarrague (3 years ago)
The neo-Romanesque church (1878) was listed as a Historic Monument in 2019, and the furniture and objects in 2021, as they form a representative ensemble of this style, in harmony with the 12th century Romanesque bell tower, "the most beautiful of the vineyard" according to art historians, and classified as a Historic Monument in 1841!
Francisco Javier Perez Rodriguez (6 years ago)
Originally dedicated to Saint Himère, the parish of Gueberschwihr was placed after the passage of the Black Death (1348) under the invocation of Saint Pantaleon. Built in the middle of the 12th century, around it was the cemetery and at the time it was fortified, like other temples in the area. With three naves with five sections, the church remained practically intact until 1835, when it was decided to expand it, having to be completely rebuilt in 1878-1879, from when the current temple dates. This includes from the 12th century church what was its dome, raised above the transept, which became a bell tower –something that becomes evident when surrounding it–. With its 36 meters high and three bodies decorated with Romanesque arcades, which follow the model of the Murbach abbey, it is undoubtedly the highlight of the building.
Osman ÇiL (7 years ago)
Eglise Saint-Pantaléon (Gueberschwihr)
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