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Temple Saint-Etienne: photos, description Temple Saint-Etienne de Mulhouse)

In Mulhouse you can find two religious structures, named after the Holy St. Stephen (or St-Etienne). This is the Protestant Church and the Catholic Church.

The first was built on the site of a medieval Church built in the XII century. Under it were found the remains of even more ancient religious buildings Dating back to the period of the Carolingians (the middle of VIII - end of X century). The medieval Church was built in Romanesque style, to which the reconstruction was added Gothic elements.

In the first half of the XVI century the Church was passed from members of one direction Christianity (Catholics) to another branch, the Protestants. The new owners tried several times to expand and rebuild the temple building. In the end, in place of the dismantled medieval buildings construction of a new temple began only in 1859. The architect of this project was local architect Jean-Baptiste Sakra. The work was carried out for seven years, and as a result a temple was constructed in the new Gothic style, the interior of which was later transferred to the stained glass Windows of the original Church, established in the fourteenth century. The height of the bell tower of the new Church was 97 meters. The bell tower is a bell, which is recognized as the largest of those found in the Protestant churches of France. Due to its extraordinary acoustic characteristics of the temple is often the venue for concerts of classical music.

The Catholic Church of St. Stephen was built in the first half of the nineteenth century, in the same neo-Gothic style and the same architect Shakra. One of the features of this temple is called the Carillon - a musical instrument of bells, the largest in the city. In addition, the main bell of the Catholics even more than Protestants, and he is recognized as one of the largest in all of France, molded over the past half century.

In each of the two churches installed organs in Protestant can hear the tool mid-nineteenth century, and the Catholic - the body set up in the middle of the last century, but with observance of classical canons.