The sober building illustrates the ideal of poverty in monastic orders. In 1331, Saint William’s became the parish of shipbuilders and fishermen as evidenced by the anchor decorating the spire.
Protestant worship has been celebrated there since 1534. The adjoining monastery is the residential institution of the High school now called Jean Sturm Gymnasium. The musical tradition is very lively.
In 1895, Eugène Munch created a parish choir which contributed to the re-discovery of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music. The musical group accompanied at the organ by Albert Schweitzer was internationally renowned. Every Good Friday the parish features an outstanding Passion of the German master.
Jean Sturm gymnasium
In 1538, this High school was established in a former Dominican monastery by Jean Sturm, then in charge of the education policy in Strasbourg.
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
Albert Schweitzer was born in Kayserberg, in Alsace. His father was a pastor and very fond of music. He received his secondary education in Mulhouse. He was an exceptionally gifted person and orientated his activities in four main directions.
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!