The history of the Lucelle site, which has long shone with a vivid glow, can still be read in a few annex buildings because the abbey was completely dismantled after the Revolution so that only a park remains on its site where children have grown into the habit of playing today. Lucelle is best known for its green surroundings, its lake, a nature reserve, which can be done in 20 minutes. Lucelle's particularity also lies in its location, on the borders of Alsace, between France and Switzerland because Lucelle is a Franco-Swiss village. Thus, you can for example taste the famous Swiss chocolate at the Hôtel-Restaurant le Noirval de Lucelle ... in Switzerland or discover the specialty of the restaurant of the Relais de l'Abbaye, the Trout with almonds or the Carp-Fried with beer, unique in the Sundgau!
Under the restaurant of the Relais de l'Abbaye, in a magnificent cellar has been set up a small museum with free access which presents the history of the site of Lucelle including a beautiful model of the abbey before its destruction. Guided tours by reservation at the Lucelle site.
Finally, Lucelle is suitable for walks and hikes since several loops are possible from Lucelle.
Heiligenbrunn, undoubtedly an ancient pagan place of worship, is a chapel with a spring with healing properties. It is placed under the term Walpurge (May 1). The chapel is cited in 1359. The current construction dates from 1682; sold as national property during the revolution, the chapel was bought in 1812 by the town and returned to worship. Renovated in 1875, restoration work was undertaken in 1981 and 1990.
For many years, the association of the Heiligenbrunn Chapel has taken charge, with the help of different partners, of the maintenance and renovation of this building. Throughout the year, various events are organized for this purpose.
The Notre-Dame de Bellefontaine chapel owes its name to a source. According to tradition, a wounded hunter in the XNUMXth century plunged his bloody hand into the water, invoking the Virgin. He would have been healed immediately and, in thanks, would have placed an image or a statue of Mary there. Quickly known throughout the region, the place became a very popular pilgrimage.
Towards the middle of the 2000th century, a chapel was built there, the care of which was entrusted to a hermit. It escaped the revolutionary turmoil and remained a place of celebration for the faithful of the two neighboring departments. In XNUMX, the chapel was designated as the official Jubilee pilgrimage for the Sundgau. Each year, at Saint-Georges, riders come to have their horses blessed. Text Marc GLOTZ
The Notre Dame de Grünenwald chapel stands on the wooded ridge that separates the valley of the largue from that of the suarcine. The latter is at the same time a border between the departments of Haut-Rhin and the Territoire de Belfort and an old linguistic border between the Germanic and Romance speaking areas. During the week, this place perched high is calm, and you can rest there in the shade of the lime trees.
If the chapel undoubtedly dates back to the 2nd half of the 15th century, the crowned Virgin, holding the baby Jesus, cannot be precisely dated. An ancient legend surrounds the Madonna kept in the small pilgrimage chapel.
Children would have found the statue in the undergrowth. They would have entrusted it to the commander of the Order of Knights of St John of Jerusalem, at the Frankish Court of Friesen. The latter would then have built a first chapel on the spot. In 1530 these hospitable knights took the name of Order of Malta.
The chapel is open every day: the key is in the restaurant "Au Sapin" next to the chapel. Free access
Already cited in 1144, listed as a Historic Monument since 1995, this chapel is an ancient place of worship since it is dedicated to St Martin. It was originally the Church of Sondersdorf, whose inhabitants settled in the XNUMXth century on the heights, at the current site of the village to escape the floods of the Ill.
In 1778, the current village church was built, which had the consequence of abandoning the Hippoltskirch, which henceforth served as a place of pilgrimage to the Virgin. Major works in 1781 gave it its present appearance. A hermit guarded the sanctuary until 1920, when the forest house was built above the chapel.
In 1902, lightning struck the chapel, tearing off part of the roof which covered the altar of the Virgin, shattered and overturned everything near the statue which alone remained intact…
The Saint-Brice chapel, attested in 1361 rises on a wooded hill at 470 meters above sea level. It is located, isolated, 3 km northeast of the village of Oltingue in a clearing. Archaeologists have found around the site a Neolithic entrenchment, witness to the presence of man in these regions more than 4000 years ago.
It was partially rebuilt in 1669; formerly Saint-Brice was a famous pilgrimage site, appearing in 1576 on the map of Alsace under the name of Saint-Brixi
55 iron ex-votos were discovered in 1910 in the attic and are today kept in the archaeological museum of Strasbourg; in 1567 a hermitage stood near the chapel, today replaced by a farm inn which attracts many tourists in fine weather.
A 3km walking circuit, lth big trees trail, makes it possible to carry out a pleasant walk under forest cover to discover in particular the largest beech of the canton of Solothurn.
The stained glass windows depict scenes like the death of Saint-Morand, the generosity of Saint-Vincent de Paul with a poor man and the nativity.
The Bellemagny Convent is the birthplace of the congregation of adoring Benedictines, founded in 1851 by Father Joseph Aloyse Faller, born in Barr in 1816.
Very quickly, this community spread: in Indre, Drôme, in Burgundy, in Haute-Saône, in Saint-Louis and Lutterbach, in Louisiana (USA), in Switzerland, Germany and Austria, the sisters were called to supporting orphanages, schools, boarding schools, houses for the disabled and the elderly… Today, the Bellemagny convent remains the mother house of the congregation and of the French province.
The Chemin de Compostelle passes in front of the Bellemagny Convent. Thus, each year, 200 to 300 pilgrims stop there for a night or two. The sisters can accommodate up to fifteen people. They prepare dinner and breakfast for them. This house is also open to people who want to recharge their batteries and to groups who may have a meeting room.
A chapel and particular buildings as well as religious buildings in the cemetery and a park form an imposing whole.
The influence of this Convent extended territorially to the gates of Mulhouse. In addition, a miraculous source that cured "high evil" (epilepsy) attracted many pilgrims until after the revolution. After the destruction of its Gothic church in 1847, the commune of Folgensbourg bought the altars and had them installed in the parish church.
This exceptionally rich heritage, the left side altar of which is classified as a "historic monument", is a gem to be discovered.
Commented visits are planned as part of the summer activities organized by the Tourist Office in July and August. Outside these dates, visits on request for groups. For any information, contact the Tourist Office.
Romanesque jewel of Sundgau, the church dates from 1144. Designed by Count Frédéric 1er de Ferrette as a burial site for himself and his family. Classified as a historic monument, the church is today the oldest in Alsace dedicated to St Jacques le Majeur. The pilgrims' path to Compostela passed through Feldbach, the crossroads of many ancient roads. These pilgrims came largely from the Palatinate, passing through Strasbourg. The restored church was officially inaugurated on July 3, 1977 by Mgr Brand Auxiliary Bishop, now Archbishop of Strasbourg.
Find the Feldbach church on the Route Romane d'Alsace website!
Lovers of geocaching and treasure hunts, you will also find geocaches in this area !
The massive Romanesque bell tower can date from the 1745th century. The choir occupied the ground floor before the construction of the nave from 1748 to XNUMX and the current choir, now located on the opposite side.
The wing tabernacle with reliquaries is one of the most beautiful in Alsace. Created in 1668, it comes from the main altar of Lucelle's abbey church.
At the back, a large altar painting, painted by Jean-Jacques Bulffer (1744-1819), depicts Saint Léger, the patron saint of the parish, with, on the bottom left, the church of Koestlach.
The side altars of baroque style were made in 1751. The ceiling of the nave is decorated with a representation of the Assumption, painted in 1747 by Joseph Xavier Hauwiller.
In the nave, on the right side wall, the two wood paintings from the middle of the XNUMXth century are attributed to Mathias Jehl.
The heads of the benches (1867) come from the former Paravicini foundry of Lucelle. The organ is by Valentin Rinkenbach (1837). On the baptistery of 1780, the serpent with the apple is represented, symbol of the original sin. Text by Marc GLOTZ. The Sundgau by bike
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 than one way. 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.
Today classified 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 brought to light 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, the remains of stone walls and a domestic pit attest to the presence of a Gallo-Roman fortification that has disappeared.
Some historians say that this chapel of the Holy Cross takes us back in time to the 1620th century. High place of worship through the ages, it was regularly maintained, especially in 1862 and XNUMX.
After 1848, the date of the construction of the first Saint-Hubert church, its cult vocation became secondary, but its place remained strong in the village, serving in particular as an infirmary during the First World War and a place of worship between 1916 and 1928 to replace the destroyed church.
Today, exhibitions, conferences, poetic or cinematographic musical evenings, ceremonies and specific receptions and quite simply tourist visits mark this place, which in the hearts of the Seppoisiens and in our collective conscience will always remain the chapel of the Holy Cross.
Durmenach was an important Jewish agglomeration in the XNUMXth century. Most of the houses in the center were built by Jewish families between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries.
In 1784, the Jewish population represented more than 54% of the population of the village. But the anti-Jewish riots of 1848, where 75 houses were set on fire, led to his exodus.
After the last war, only fifteen Jews returned to Durmenach. As is often the case in Alsace, the survivors of the Shoah found a devastated synagogue.
The Jewish community would disappear entirely because of the rural exodus. The Israelite consistory of Haut-Rhin sold the synagogue in 1959 to the Saint-Georges home association, which was inaugurated in 1964. The building was destroyed by fire in 1983.
At the present time, all that remains in the village landscape is the cemetery with more than three hundred and sixty graves at the end of the rue de la Gendarmerie, and some traces of the old synagogue with three walls and a door and the rue de the synagogue to also commemorate this ancient Jewish community.
The Church of Our Lady is the 3rd church built on the top of the hill of Altkirch. This first place of Christian prayer in the region was given the name "Alta kirche" (high church) because of its geographical location.
It contains some very beautiful works of art: a beautiful pieta from the 4th century, a set of XNUMX stone statues of great beauty "Christ on the Mount of Olives", the baptismal font from the XNUMXth century, a keystone from the XNUMXth century. You can also see beautiful paintings by Gustave Dauphin "Assumption of the Virgin", "The dying Christ" by Jean-Jacques Henner "," The engagement of Mary and Joseph "after Raphael ...
The 14 stations of the Stations of the Cross have an original specificity: on the right side they are represented in German, made after 1870 when Alsace became German, and on the left side they are in French, reconstructed after destruction of the war of 14-18, when Alsace became French.
Its foundation dates back to the 1869th century, it was "ecclesia matrix" (mother church) of the village and it was there that the exorcism of the young Joseph Burner took place in XNUMX. It conceals frescoes from the XNUMXth century and the tomb of the knight Godefroy de Burnkirch. Its frescoes are classified as Historic Monuments.
The priory was bought in 1828 by the city of Altkirch to make it a hospital. Today, the hospital still occupies the buildings thanks to restructuring and enlargements.