John Calvin founded the French parish there in 1538. After 1681 the church housed the Lutheran parish of the Cathedral and was then called the New Temple. In the second half of the 18th century and in the 19th century, parish life was marked by renowned pastors, namely Jean-Laurent Blessig and François Haerter.
In 1835 the famous city library of Strasbourg was set in the de-consecrated large choir of the New Temple. It already included the library of the University to which Jean-Daniel Schoepflin’s was added. In the night of August 24 to 25 1870, the Prussian artillery destroyed the Church. More than three hundred and fifty thousand works disappeared. Between 1874 and 1877, the architect Emile Salomon rebuilt the structure in the neo-Romanesque style.
Jean Calvin (1509-1564)
A generation after Luther, the Frenchman Jean Calvin became the organiser of the Reformation : he organised the Church, shaped the doctrine and defined the role of the Church in state government.
A walk with photos, texts and maps to better guide your route. A tour realized in collaboration with Strasbourg eurométropole and l’Union des Églises protestantes d’Alsace et de Lorraine.
From 1529 to 1681, except for a short break, Strasbourg was a Protestant city. Many monuments attest to this… Discover the High Points of Protestantism in Strasbourg!