John's Church (Strasbourg)

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Rear view

The St. John's Church (Église Saint-Jean) is a Gothic Catholic church in the city of Strasbourg in Alsace .


Construction and assignment of a church building

The building was built in 1477 as the church of a St. Mark's monastery and was given a single-nave, elongated floor plan and a flat coffered ceiling , which is not indicated by a striking, Austrian pointed roof. In 1687 the monastery complex was handed over to the Order of St. John , which until then had been housed in the complex that is now the École nationale d'administration . The monastery buildings were rebuilt in the style of François Mansart and the church was given rich baroque furnishings.

Towards the end of the Second World War , on September 25, 1944, British and American bombers almost completely destroyed the church building.

View into the nave towards the choir
Gothic font

It was not until almost 20 years later, 1962–1964, that it was rebuilt true to style. Only the font from the 15th century, lavishly decorated with fisherman's knot motifs, has survived from the original furnishings . The cycle of modern lead glass windows that has adorned the church since the 1970s is one of the most successful in the region in terms of style and color.

From the monastery buildings from the 17th century, an elegant wing of the cloister and an elongated reception building (opposite the entrance) have been preserved, as well as the simple caretaker's building (behind the church).

Communities of Jerusalem (Fraternités de Jérusalem)

In 1995 the local bishop handed over the church to the French fraternities of fraternities of Jerusalem .


An original organ from 1825 was moved to the Josefskirche in 1901 .

The current organ was built in 1967 by Curt Schwenkedel . The mechanical slider chest instrument has 46 stops on four manuals and a pedal . The instrument is a combination of registers from different stylistic epochs: Italian-Baroque registers, French-Romantic registers, and registers from northern German organs make it possible to present a wide range of organ literature. In 1980 the organ was re-voiced by Gaston Kern.

I Positif de Dos C – g 3
Bourdon en bois 8th'
Principal 4 ′
Flûte à cheminée 4 ′
Duplicate 2 ′
Larigot 1 13
Sesquialtera II
Cymbals III
Cromorne 8th'
II Grand Orgue C-g 3
Principal 16 ′
Montre 8th'
Bourdon 8th'
Prestant 4 ′
Duplicate 2 ′
Cornet V
Rauschpfeife III
Mixture V-VI
Trumpets 8th'
Clairon 4 ′
III Breastwork C – g 3
Quintaton 16 ′
Bourdon conique 8th'
Flûte à pavillon 4 ′
Great tierce 3 15
Nasard 2 23
Fourth 2 ′
Tierce 1 35
Douçaine 16 ′
Voix humaine 8th'
IV Recit expr. C-g 3
Flûte à cheminée 8th'
Pointed Gamba 8th'
Unda maris 8th'
Flûte principale 4 ′
Gemshorn 2 ′
Sifflet 1'
Mixture IV
Trumpets 8th'
Clairon 4 ′
Hautbois 8th'
Pedals C – g 1
Flute 16 ′
Soubasse 16 ′
Flûte conique 8th'
Principal italy 4 ′
Bourdon à cheminée 2 ′
Mixture IV
Bombard 16 ′
Trumpets 8th'
Clairon 4 ′
  • Pair : I / II, III / II, IV / II, III / IV, IV / III, I / P, II / P III / P, IV / P

Web links

Commons : St. John's Church (Strasbourg)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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Coordinates: 48 ° 35 ′ 4 "  N , 7 ° 44 ′ 25"  E