the spring equinox
Ballon d'Alsace

At the spring equinox, if we observe it from the Ballon d’Alsace, the sun rises behind the Black Forest Belchen 70 km away

Anfang Mai / Beltene
Ballon d'Alsace
About 40 days after the spring equinox, beginning of the Celtic summer half-year, the sun rises in the east-northeast behind the summit of the Grand Ballon.
21.6 summer solstice
Ballon d'Alsace

At the summer solstice, the sun rises in the northeast above the Markstein, in the direction of the Petit Ballon

Anfang August / Lugnasad
Ballon d'Alsace
About 40 days after the summer solstice, the sun rises in the east-northeast, behind the summit of the Grand Ballon.
22.9. the autumn equinox
Ballon d'Alsace

At the autumnal equinox, if we observe it from the Ballon d’Alsace, the sun rises behind the summit of Schwarzwaldbelchen 70 km away.

Anfang November / Samhain
Ballon d'Alsace

About 40 days after the autumn equinox, beginning of the Celtic winter half-year. The three Celtic settlements Britzgyberg, Basel-Gasfabrik and Augusta Raurica are on the line of the sunrise.

21.12. Winter solstice
Ballon d'Alsace

The sun rises in the southeast behind the Tödi in the Glarus Alps, in between lies the Jura Belchen

Anfang Februar / Imbolc
Ballon d'Alsace
About 40 days after the winter solstice, middle of the Celtic winter half-year. The sun rises in east-southeast. The three Celtic settlements Britzgyberg, Basel-Gasfabrik and Augusta Raurica are on the line of the sunrise.

Oltingue

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

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.