I have to admit that I am a culture and history buff ... a visit to another magnificent structure filled with beautiful artworks and interesting history in a most peaceful setting.
The Monastery at Mont Sainte-Odile, also known as Hohenburg Abbey, was founded about 690 by Saint Odile, who was its first abbess. Set on the 760 m peak of the Vosges Mountains, the mountain is named for Saint Odile. The monastery is still used as a place of pilgrimage, but it is also a popular tourist attraction where you can wander, look or pray. It also offers accommodation for retreats or conferences.
We chose to wander and look, and it is very impressive, and a relaxed place to visit. The monastery has its own church, but when we visited a service was being held so I was unable to take photographs.
The building itself is impressive, with lovely peaceful surroundings.
Two small chapels, external to the main building, are beautiful and impressive. Firstly the Chapel of Tears:
... and also the Chapel of Angels, with its amazing mosaic ceiling.
This sun dial was amazing .. looking somewhat nondescript, I almost missed seeing it!!
Built into the rocky walls below the monastery is a series of ceramic artworks, depicting the 'Way of the Cross' . They can be seen from the pathway around the monastery. Made from 1933 to 1935 by the ceramist Elchinger Leon (1871-1942). Beautiful. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see these.
Another draw to the monastery is the beautiful panoramic view across the plains below. One can even see the Rhine River in the distance.
Again, there was much we missed. Never enough time!! but a lovely visit nontheless.