The fabulous architectural heritage of Colmar
Journey through more than 500 years of history
Colmar is a mix of cultures with all of it’s history and it’s architecture is the most visible symbol of Rhenish art. Despite the wars, Colmar remained virtually unscathed and today offers a stroll through the centuries. Many monuments dating from the Middle Ages to Renaissance have been finely restored and are on the historical monuments list.
The religious architecture of the mendicant orders holds a special place
Present in Colmar since the 13th century, Dominicans and Franciscans have left us remarkable architectural ensembles. They are vast churches like those of the Dominicans (which houses the masterpiece of Martin Schongauer "The Virgin with the bush of roses") or that of the Franciscans, the Church of St. Matthew where are unfolding nowadays. many events and concerts of classical music, such as the symphonic concerts of the International Festival of Colmar.
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The Koïfhus (Old Customs) completed in 1480, is the oldest public building in the city. At the time, he played a central role in the economic life of Colmar. Mentioned for the first time in 1370, the building was used to deposit and transit all goods imported to Colmar.
The Renaissance is omnipresent in the old city.
The famous Pfister House (1537), symbol of Colmar and one of the most beautiful bourgeois homes that reached us.
The "House of the Heads" (1609), which owes its name to the 111 grotesque heads and masks that adorn its façade, evokes the "golden age" of merchants and testifies to the ease of this Colmarian merchant bourgeoisie.