The Église Saint Ulrich of Altenstadt in the Alsace is one of the oldest in the region. Originally constructed in the 11th and 12th centuries, it is a beautiful example of the regional Romanesque style. The simple chevet and clocher mark the style very clearly.
The interior is composed of a nave and two side aisles. The nave has five bays with the arches supported by heavy piers. A clerestory level provides illumination in the nave. The nave, like the side aisles, is covered with a flat wooden roof. The apse chancel and apse are separated from the nave by the strong rounded chancel arch. In the distance, the arch to the apse is ogive, probably indicative of the second phase of construction in the 12th century.
The side aisles are low with wooden ceilings. The thick exterior walls can afford the many large and deep window openings because there is no great weight of a stone vault to support. In the distance can be seen the echeloned apsidal chapel.
Saint Ulrich is remarkable for its beautiful modern stained glass windows by the maître-verrier Max Ingrand, installed in 1963. These provide a lustrous glow to the side aisles and to the church as a whole.
PJ’s reverse shot to the side aisle shows the groin vault for this section of the transept and the stairway to the clocher in the distance.
PJ and I were pleasantly surprised by this church, which was just a few miles from our primary target, the Église Saints-Pierre-et-Paul of Wissembourg, just two short kilometers away. We came here in the morning and the east light shone beautifully in the stained glass windows.
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