St. Michael Collegiate Church, Lautenbach, France

Posted: July 30, 2017 in Travel
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Just as Moses came down from the mountain, so did we (although not with any commandments), following a winding road that looked inviting.  As I previously mentioned, just as we were ready to turn around, we spotted a sign for “Lautenbach.”  As that’s the maiden name of my s-i-l (the one married to my brother, not the one I was visiting), I asked to stop so I could take a photo of the sign.  Then we spotted an attractive church steeple and another beautiful detour was begun.

Lautenbach is a very German name but this part of France, the Alsace, has been part of Germany more than once.  The town is beautiful and in the center is St. Michael Collegiate Church.  Although the church looks old, as says:

“The former collegiate church of Saint Michael-and-Gangolphe underwent many transformations over the centuries. The nave probably dates from the 11th century, the transept, the choir and the flat chevet from the 12th century. Its vaulted porch is one of the finest in the region. The building is, however, completely restored in 1859. Decorations and additions, such as the towers, implemented by the architect of the 19th century, are questionable although they do not alter the overall aesthetic. Guided tours for groups all year round on appointment at the Guebwiller Tourism Office.”

No matter when it was built or that is was restored, it’s beautiful and worth a visit.  The pipe organ has been classified as a historic monument.  Let me share a few photos and let you decide.

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© janet m. webb


© janet m. webb

© janet m. webb

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© janet m. webb


  1. I love this windows… I often used the windows for making my own story while I was in church as a child… and I once even wrote in in a notebook… the nuns who agreed to have an eye on me while my mother had an appointment were deep impressed ;o) (my mother too she feared the worst as they welcomed her with “oh look what your daughter did”)

    • I can imagine how your mother felt at first when hearing those words. 🙂 I love stained glass windows, too, and it’s easy to imagine writing stories about them. Glad you liked these.


  2. Beautiful church! Very intimate shots. They made me feel like I was there.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    I agree. It doesn’t matter when it was built/restored, it’s beautiful. Thsnks for sharing these photos.

  4. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Oh, yes, a real beauty. I especially like the exterior brickwork and the very colorful stained glass.

  5. Zee says:

    Beautiful architecture !!! Your shots are splendid !!☺️

  6. Oh yes, it is like many of the churches in Bavaria. Did you get to hear the organ?

  7. Allan G. Smorra says:

    That’s quite a church, Janet.

  8. Tina Schell says:

    How fun to come upon something like that by chance Janet! It’s a beauty but my fave is the organ. Holy smokes what a beauty! No wonder it’s a monument 🙂

  9. Su Leslie says:

    The stained glass windows are lovely Janet; but oh that honey-coloured brick exterior — is it blasphemous to call it divine?

  10. joey says:

    Beautiful windows, love the font — great subject and great shots! 🙂

  11. marianallen says:

    Oh, my, what a beautiful church! I love the colors of the stone, and that altar frou-frou and the fancy thing above the pulpit — all so lovely! I even like that heavy, ancient-looking chalicey thing in the last picture. Is that a holy water font? A baptismal font? A bird-bath for the Paraclete? Anyway, great pictures!