The Collégiale* Saint-Thiébaut (Collegiate Church) of Thann is one of the buildings most representative of Rhenish gothic style in Alsace. It was built between the late 13th century and 1516, the year when its crowning 78.14 m arrow was completed, a true example of stone lacework.
The main façade is decorated by a remarkable gateway unique in France : three tympanums relating 150 scenes embellished with 500 figures depict, the life story of the Virgin, the Nativity with the three Magi, and the Crucifixion. Inside all three Gothic styles are represented : early, rayonnant and flamboyant.
The chapel of Saint Thiébaut (at the end of the church on the right) is the oldest part of the Collegiate, dating back to the late 18th century.
In the choir area, the stalls are decorated with 169 characters. It is one of the most important sets of stalls in Alsace and its construction began in 1442. The stained glass windows (1423 – 1431) are distributed on 8 glass walls that are 15m high, and testify to the wealth of the building, which has been a popular pilgrimage destination in Saint-Thiébaut since the 13th century. (Public access prohibited)
* A collegiate is a church housing a college of canons. The collegiate in Thann owes its name to the college of canons of Saint-Amarin which came to Thann in 1442.
Open in the winter months from 08:30 to 17:00 and the rest of the year from 08:30 to 19:00.
Guided visits by reservation at the Tourist Office of Thann-Cernay - Thann-Cernay tourist office : +333 89 37 96 20
see also :
- Masevaux town centre
- Virgin of Alsace at Niederbruck
- Saint-Nicolas chapel’s in Kruth
- Notre-Dame du Bon Secours chapel’s in Oderen
- The old town of Saint-Amarin
- Saint Martin church in Masevaux
- The ruins of Château du Schlossberg in Kruth
- The historic centre of Thann
- The Roman church of Wattwiller
- Masevaux abbey
- The Callinet organ in Mollau
- The ruins of Engelbourg castle in Thann