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Néewiller près Lauterbourg

In 1828, the mayor of the village, a certain Antoine Weiss, had a statue erected to St Anthony of Padua on the site of the present day chapel. The statue was then housed beneath an oratory. The miraculous cure of a Bohemian girl made this site a place of pilgrimage. In 1887, a chapel was built.
The chapel has an overhanging gable, finished off with a lovely iron cross. This gable partially conceals the small polygonal wooden steeple.


The church dates from 1840. It is in the Italian Renaissance style. It houses copies of a number of Italian works (paintings, sculptures, stained glass decorations, coffered ceiling).


Initially built in 1352 at the time of the Lords of Fleckenstein, it was subsequently destroyed. In 1806, it was rebuilt thanks to Louis Schneider and his wife, Catherine Meissert, who took care of its funding. The Pietà in the choir was installed during the same period.
This edifice, capped by a small steeple, has a large doorway supported on two wooden posts.
Outside and inside alike, friezes and other discreet embellishments, made by the artist, Hervé Eichwald, adorn the building.
The stained glass windows date from 1958.


The chapel, rebuilt in 1757 on the site of an earlier one, was destroyed in 1940.
It could be found to the west of the village.
The chapel housed a number of monumental paintings, the majority by Oster of Strasbourg, dating from around 1830. They had been restored in around 1920 by the painters Fenger from Niederlauterbach and Eisenmann from Lauterbourg. It also housed numerous ex-votos but, apparently, none have survived.
The chapel has eleven stained glass windows in slab glass, works produced in 1962 by Tristan Ruhlmann. The nave contains six, illustrated with themes on the Virgin Mary, and the choir contains another four in geometrical designs, and the gable oculus.


A majestic church overlooking the town. The visitor will notice the medieval bell tower, the Gothic choir from 1467, the immense nave from
1716 and the stained-glass windows, the baptismal fonts, the pulpit and the Stieffel organ from 1777 listed and restored in 1998.
From the terrace (a former cemetery), you can look out over the artful layout of the streets. On the lintel above the porch, the Latin inscription means, "I am here by the grace of God, favoured by peace, and with the help of the Town".


The parish church dedicated to Saint Stephen sits atop a promontory overlooking the lower Rhine valley. It has been here almost as long as civilisation has existed in the region and has always occupied this strategic position, whether during the Celtic or Roman epoch. A Roman god (Vulcan) found on this spot can still be seen in a niche on the outer wall of the northern chapel.

Seltz, like the rest of Alsace, was then part of the Holy Roman Germanic Empire and enjoyed the special status of the abbey founded by the Empress Adelaide in the 10th century. This church replaced the original one, built on the plain on the banks of the Sauer, which was swept away by flooding. It was during that period, in 1357 to be precise, that the emperor elevated Seltz to the level of Imperial City.

On 18 April 1674, the King's dragoons burned Seltz to the ground, including the church. However, the outer walls, which remained standing, helped with its restoration in 1683.
The Jesuits ended up the winning side: in November 1684, Seltz church was handed back to the Catholic faith.
A new pulpit and a high altar in the Baroque style were installed towards 1709. And a new bell tower was erected against the northern side aisle outside the nave. It was topped with an onion-shaped roof typical of the times.
In 1898, it was pulled down again and replaced by bell tower in the Neo-Gothic style placed in the central line of the nave, which was extended by one bay. From its 62 metres, the bell tower dominated the town and the surrounding landscape.

The height of the bell tower was its downfall, however. On 28 May 1940, a shell fired by the Germany army caused it to collapse on to the nave and resulted in a violent conflagration. The roofs of the nave and the side aisles, the organs and the pulpit were completely destroyed by fire. Fortunately, the fire stopped before the side altars, sparing them and the choir. But only a building in ruins remained…

The people of Seltz quickly set about building a temporary place of worship close to the present day bridge over the Seltzbach. That building was in turn damaged by shell fire, but would be quickly restored. A temporary building that would nonetheless last for nearly 20 years.
Rebuilding work began in 1953.

On 21 June 1964, the church was finally consecrated. In September 1968, Schwenkedel installed a new organ. It replaced the one built by Stiehr-Mockers (famous organ makers from Seltz), which had been destroyed in 1940.

On 9 March 2006, the DRAC (Regional Directorate for Arts and Culture) added the entire building to the list of historic monuments.


Place convenient to the meditation. Situated on the road that leads to Neewiller, a Lourdes Grotto was constructed in 1901 by a couple who had lost two children shortly after their birth. The couple later experienced the joy of bringing two other children into the world.


This former powder magazine from 1708, capable of holding "95,000 pouches of powder", was purchased by the Protestant community in 1887. Converted into a place of worship, it was consecrated in 1888 and restored in 1952.