Eglise Saint-Paul, Strasbourg

The St. Paul's Church of Strasbourg (French: Église réformée Saint-Paul or Église Saint-Paul de Strasbourg) is a major Gothic Revival architecture building and one of the landmarks of the city of Strasbourg, in Alsace, France.Built between 1892 and 1897 during the time of the Reichsland Elsass-Lothringen (1870–1918), the church was designed for the Lutheran members of the Imperial German garrison stationed in Strasbourg. Several of the church's most striking features, such as its great width relative to its not so great length and the inordinately high number of portals and entrances giving access to it (19 in all, compared to Strasbourg Cathedral's 7) result from the need to accommodate military personal from the very highest ranks down, including the Emperor, in case he came (the actual Imperial Palace being not far away). In 1919, after the return of Alsace to France, the church was handed over to the Protestant Reformed Church of Alsace and Lorraine and became its second parish church in the town after Bouclier parish.For the overall design of the church, architect Louis Muller (1842–1898) drew his inspiration from the Elisabeth Church of Marburg, although he did not slavishly copy its design, gracing St. Paul's Church with three large and elaborate rose windows modelled on the (smaller scaled) rose window adorning the façade of St. Thomas' Church. The 20m high nave was originally supposed to have four bays instead of three and thus the building to be 5m longer and shaped like a Latin cross; but because of excessive costs due to technical difficulties with the foundations, it was shortened to a Greek cross. Thanks to its spires rising up to 76m and its spectacular location at the southern extremity of an island in the middle of the largest section of the Ill River, the church can be seen from far away. To visit Eglise Saint-Paul on your trip to Strasbourg, use our Strasbourg trip itinerary maker website .
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  • The church stands by the canal leading to European Parlament. Very beautiful building visible from old town.  more »
  • This fine elegant church building was inaccessible the day of our visit for some unknown police blockade activity. But seeing it from a distance was nice.  more »
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  • Read something about the history of this originally Keiser Wilhelm Garrison church before 1918, sold to the French Reformed Church for 1 symbolic Franc. Architecture is amazing due to some modifications in the course of building it. It reminds one of St.-Elisabeth's Church in Marburg or Goettingen?
  • Attended a wonderful Organ Recital here, together with an angelic opera singer.
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