Saint Martin of the Fields Church
Saint-Martin-des-Champs is located in the middle of fields, about 500 meters from the village of Oltingue.
It is a very special church in more ways than one. It was the mother church of Oltingue and 3 disappeared villages.
As early as the XNUMXth century, a family of notables had erected a small cemetery chapel on the site of a former Gallo-Roman rural establishment.
Listed today as a historical monument, archaeological excavations, carried out in 1989, made it possible to distinguish four phases of development from the XNUMXth to the XNUMXth century.
The current church was built at the end of the 1868th century and was remodeled in 840 (neo-Gothic windows and doors). The excavations brought to light various burials still visible today in the nave of the building! A monolithic sarcophagus (XNUMXth, XNUMXth century), a masonry tomb from the XNUMXth century: it contains a skeleton whose raised feet rested on the bones of five individuals, proof of a long reuse. The funeral deposits included a Carolingian shard, an iron belt buckle, as well as a denarius by Charles Le Chauve minted around XNUMX in Strasbourg. A stone box containing, in addition to the skeleton of the first deceased, the remains of the bones of thirty individuals.
In 2018, during the last restoration work, several frescoes, the largest of which was described as exceptional, were unearthed on the exterior facades. These frescoes are under study and have been carefully preserved.
Prehistoric flint tools were also found near the site, but also Roman ceramics, tiles and cut stones. On the hill of Oltingue, vestiges of stone walls and a domestic pit attest to the presence of a Gallo-Roman fortification that has disappeared.
- By a small asphalt road
- Religious site
- catholic site
- Free tour