Exhibition - The bells of Ammerschwihr are 100 years old

In 1917, the 5 church bells were requisitioned by the German authorities for war purposes (Alsace had been annexed since 1871). Sent to Frankfurt, only one escaped being melted down and returned to Ammerschwihr in 1919. The town council then bought a new carillon of 5 bells from the Causard foundry in Colmar.

The bells were blessed on 9 March 1924, 100 years ago, by Mgr Ruch, then Bishop of Strasbourg. Since then, the bells have regularly marked the hours of the day (and no longer the night... to reassure tourists passing through). There was one rare incident: on 1 May 1992, the clapper of the big bell (weighing 71 kg all the same) broke and fell just a few centimetres from the bell access hatch under the porch, fortunately without causing any injuries. The clapper can be seen in the exhibition.

You can also admire the very old church, dating back at least to the early Middle Ages (first mentioned in 977), its distinctive architecture, its Rinckenbach organ (the famous organ manufacturer was based in Ammerschwihr for more than two centuries until 1945) and its furnishings with its many polychrome statues, including Saint-Martin, patron saint of the parish. Under the vaults of the nave, you may even recognise the coats of arms of the three lords who shared the town of Ammerschwihr in the Middle Ages?

Additional information
  • Prices : Free entrance
  • Type d'évènement, exposition : Exhibition
  • Lieu/Départ de la manifestation : St Martin church
  • Stationnement pour véhicules : Less than 200 m from a free public car park

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