Friday, August 19, 2011

Saint Matthews Protestant Church - Colmar

We saw this nondescript entrance to a church while strolling around Colmar and fortunately decided to take a look inside.

Unfortunately there is not a lot of information about this recently restored church. It's actually from the 13th century.

When you go inside it takes your breath away, it is just so different.

The ceilings are flat and painted.

The seats.

An Andreas Silbermann organ dating from 1732. The Silbermann brothers were two of the most famous organ builders of all time. Apparently the church has excellent acoustics.

Round the edge of the balcony were these paintings that glowed. The effect was magical. Sorry about the blur, but you can get the idea of the warm colours.

There were two halves to the church and as you proceeded down the nave you came to a second section that was blocked off.

Here was the church within a church.

Painted ceiling.

The church has only recently been restored so there is not a lot of information about it on the web. I expect this to change soon as more people hear about this place.

Photos of the reconstruction.

There are a few very old grave stones.

Monument to Charles de Gaulle just outside the church.

This was a most unexpected and pleasant surprise. If you come to Colmar, check it out.

However we did somehow forget to see the famous Isenheim Altarpiece at the Unterlinden Museum. There is always a next time and to be honest, I like architecture more than painting.

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