Rendez-vous at the Fortified Cemetery in Châtenois

  • The fortified cemetery in Châtenois and church

    The fortified cemetery in Châtenois and church

    © Office de Tourisme Barr Bernstein - C. Dumoulin

  • The fortified cemetery in Châtenois

    The fortified cemetery in Châtenois

    © Office de Tourisme Barr Bernstein - C. Dumoulin

Rendez-vous at the Fortified Cemetery in Châtenois Rue de l'Eglise 67730 Châtenois fr

Previously a fortified perimeter surrounding the church and village, it was the seat of political power, and served as a shelter for its inhabitants during periods of conflict. 

Of the 115 fortified cemeteries which existed in Alsace, only 5 remain. The one in Châtenois is the biggest, and best preserved.

Built in the 13th century, the fortified area belonged to the bishop of Strasbourg. The Cathedral officially oversaw the area from the 14th century to the French Revolution.

The area was ringed by a double wall of rectangular blocks, with trenches and several towers, however only the famous and inaccurately named “Tour des Sorcières” (Witch's Tower) remains. The second surrounding wall dates from the end of 14th century, or beginning of 15th century.

Contact

Remparts et Cimetière Fortifié
Rue de l'Eglise
67730 Châtenois
Tél. 03 88 82 75 00

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