The patron saint of minstrels
She looks like a simple woman from the people, the mother of pain Notre Dame du Dusenbach. The delicate picture of grace, a wooden statue from the 15th century, depicts Mary with the lifeless son on her knees and is still the destination of many people who visit the pilgrimage site of Dusenbach near Ribeauvillé every day.
The forested Dusenbach valley opens about two kilometers behind the town of Ribeauvillé towards Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines. Three paths lead from a parking lot to the small monastery in about half an hour’s walk. The surprise is great when the forest opens up and the view is clear of the ensemble of church, chapel and monastery, which was built on a rock in this wonderful piece of nature. Three Capuchin fathers live here and look after the pilgrims, in the ‹Abri des pèlerins› they take care of their physical well-being. From here you can climb up to the three castles of St. Ulrich, Girsberg and Ribeaupierre. At the end of the 15th century, the Madonna of Dusenbach became the patron of the gamblers. Every brother in society had to respect the holidays in Mary, and on the day after the birth of the Virgin Mary on September 8, the annual meeting of the brotherhood took place in Rappoltsweiler: the nobles of Rappoltstein were the secular patrons of this brotherhood.
Dusenbach has also suffered multiple destructions and has been rebuilt again and again; today’s buildings were built in 1894 according to the original plans. Murals in the chapel of mercy tell the eventful history of the place of pilgrimage, from which a mysterious tranquility still emanates today.