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The Romanesque church "Dompeter" in Avolsheim


"Dompeter": from the Latin Domus Petri, the House Petri. The church is the oldest country church in Alsace, according to legend founded in the 1st century by St. Maternus on a Roman road. The remains of a basilica from the 7th century have been preserved. The present building was built in the 9th and 10th centuries, with extensions from the 11th century. The early Romanesque church, a low three-nave basilica with 6 pillar arcades, a three-part choir was consecrated in 1049 by Leo IX, the "Alsatian" Pope from Eguisheim. The Romanesque apse was replaced in 1823 by the present-day choir.

Dompeter in Avolsheim


Three different views of the church in Avolsheim; just click on the pictures!

linkes Seitenportal

left side portal


The main portal on the western front is a double portal; click on the photo!

rechtes Seitenportal

right side portall


The simple, Romanesque interior

Romanesque in Alsace

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