Mythical places in the upper Rhine region

Saint-Martin | Saint-Brice

The Chapel of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

St. Martin in the Fields lies, as the name suggests, in the middle of a field, around 500m south west of the village centre. Ancient myths tell of a town that once stood here. The late Gothic church, dedicate to St. Martin, has been the parish centre for the surrounding villages of Oltingue, Fislis, Huttingue and Lutter since Merowingischen or early Karolingischen times. It is also possibly the site of an earlier pre-Christian place of worship. Both prehistoric stone tools and Roman pottery, tiles and figures
have been found nearby. On the Oltinger Berg there are remains of stone ramparts and living quarters that suggest a lost Gallo-Roman fort. Excavations in 1989 found graves and sarcophagi under the church floor dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, and under the plaster in the choir they discovered remnants of frescos from the second half of the 14th century that are unfortunately incomplete. Adam and Eve, St. George doing battle with the dragon and St. Katherine on the wheel are however recogni­sable.
St. Martin in the Fields lies, as the name suggests, in the middle of a field, around 500m south west of the village centre. Ancient myths tell of a town that once stood here. The late Gothic church, dedicate to St. Martin, has been the parish centre for the surrounding villages of Oltingue, Fislis, Huttingue and Lutter since Merowingischen or early Karolingischen times. It is also possibly the site of an earlier pre-Christian place of worship. Both prehistoric stone tools and Roman pottery, tiles and figures have been found nearby. On the Oltinger Berg there are remains of stone ramparts and living quarters that suggest a lost Gallo-Roman fort. Excavations in 1989 found graves and sarcophagi under the church floor dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, and under the plaster in the choir they discovered remnants of frescos from the second half of the 14th century that are unfortunately incomplete. Adam and Eve, St. George doing battle with the dragon and St. Katherine on the wheel are however recogni­sable.

Saint-Martin
Auberge Saint Brice
+33 (0)3/89073386

 

Öffnungszeiten:

daily

 

Eintritt:

free

 

Anfahrt:

bicycle

Tourist-Info:

Mairie d’ Oltingue
18, place St. Martin
68480 Oltingue
+33 (0)3/89407011

www.oltingue.net

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