Temple Saint-Étienne Mulhouse

The Protestant St. Stephen’s Church –Temple Saint-Étienne – is the main Reformed church of the city of Mulhouse in Alsace, France. Because of its central location on the main square of Mulhouse, the Place de la Réunion, and its 97 meter high bell tower (the highest steeple in the department of Haut-Rhin), it is sometimes referred to as the “Cathedral of Mulhouse” (Cathédrale de Mulhouse). The church was designed by the city architect Jean-Baptiste Schacre, who also designed the large Catholic St. Stephen’s Church.

A considerable part of the furnishings of the previous building were used in the St. Stephen’s church of Jean-Baptiste Schacre. The most important of all the artistic treasures of the city of Mulhouse are the large leaded-glass windows from 1320 to 1350, famous for their vivid design and rich colors. They were originally in the choir and were set into the clerestory windows. The Baroque choir stalls of dark oak are from 1637. The stone church monument of Baron Friedrich Ludwig Waldner von Freundstein (1735), an important work of the local late Baroque period, was erected in the assembly room of the new church. Of the Silbermann organ made by Johann Andreas Silbermann (1765), only the case remains; it was moved into the Protestant St. John’s Church (Temple Saint-Jean) of the city, when the old church was torn down. The current organ comes from the workshop of Eberhard Friedrich Walcker, but has been altered many times since it was installed in 1866, especially by the Schwenkedel organ manufacturer. The Baroque pulpit from 1647 is found in the Protestant church of Illzach today. The main steeple houses the largest set of bells of any Protestant church in France. The five bells were cast in 1867 in Zurich.

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