Alsace, and Strasbourg in particular, are rich in religious history; from time to time, I plan to explore a new religious structure in the city. Today’s focus:
Location: 13 Quai Saint Jean
Affiliation: Roman Catholic
History and Art: Constructed in 1477, Saint-Jean is one of the oldest religious structures in Strasbourg. Since, it has served as a post for the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1687-1790, an arms storage and a children’s home throughout the 19th century, and a “Mont de Piété,” (a type of charitable pawnbroker and money lender) in 1827 and 1870. Part of the church, its cloister and its school were destroyed by bombings during World War II; the church was reconstructed in 1964. All that rests of the original church today are its walls and the bell tower. The church’s slanted roof with typical Alsacien “Schleppganten” (dormer) windows give it a true Strasbourgeois touch.
For Tour of Faith in Strasbourg #1, click here.