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The Dominican Church, (Eglise des Dominicains)

The Dominican Church in Colmar is located in the square of the Dominicans. From the religious buildings of the city it is recognized as the second largest after the Church of St. Martin. Currently, the Church is one of the buildings of the Unterlinden Museum, which is known for a rich collection of works of sacred art.

The history of the Church began in 80-ies of the XIII century, shortly after the founding of the monastery of the Dominican order on the territory of which it was built. After the French revolution the Church lost its status as a religious building and was used first as a granary and then barracks. Later the Church took under its vaults school and then the library. In the late nineteenth century were carried out restoration of the Church building. Today the Church building looks particularly impressive at night time when its walls are illuminated by colored lights. During the Christmas and Easter holidays on the square before the Church, there are festive markets.

Despite the fact that the interior of the Church, which belonged to the mendicant Dominican order, simplicity and modesty, you can see and consider quite a few notable details and features of interior decoration. These include, for example, paintings of the XV century "Madonna in the arbour of roses". Its author is Martin Schongauer, born at Colmar an outstanding artist and master prints. In Colmar also a monument to the painter, preserved the house in which he lived, few of his works displayed in the Museum Unterlinden. "Madonna in the arbour of roses" was written for the Church of St. Martin, but the painting was stolen, accidentally discovered at Lyons, and returned to Colmar, however, is as a Museum exhibit.

Another decoration of the Church building are the stained glass Windows of the XIV-XV centuries, they depict biblical scenes and lives of saints, including St. Dominic. This stained glass window dates from the earlier time - about the XIII century.

Other buildings of the Dominican monastery is the city library, the courtyard becomes the venue for concerts.