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After the departure of the Franciscans from their monastery, the superior of the religious order in the province sold the buildings to the city of Colmar in 1543. The monastery was then converted into a hospital, but it was struck by lightning in 1735 and destroyed. The hospital was rebuilt between 1736 and 1744 with the stones of the city fortifications, which were destroyed in 1673. The building is a fine example of French architecture of the 18th century, in the balanced and sober style of the neo-classicism.


In the late 16th century, the west side of the buildings was reserved for the military hospital. The neighboring Saint-Matthews Church was then separated in two; one side was for the Protestant community of Colmar and the other side was used as a Catholic chapel for the hospital. The military hospital was moved to the Catherinettes in 1792. However the civil hospital remained in the same building until 1937, the year when the Pasteur hospital was built, west of the city. The buildings were a time occupied by two departments of the IUT of the University of Haute-Alsace, before being restored and refit/refurbish to become, in 2012, the media library of Colmar.


Former Hospital - Mediatheque
Place du 2 février
68000 Colmar

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Adolph House

Bartholdi College

Bartholdi Museum

Bruat Fountain

Court of Appeal

Former Dominican Convent (today public library)

Former Hospital - Mediatheque

Former Protestant presbytery (House of arcades)

Former St John's commanderie

House of Heads

Little Venice

Monument dedicated to Bartholdi

Monument dedicated to Hirn

Monument dedicated to Pfeffel

Monument to General Rapp

Museum of the municipal factories

Natural history and ethnography Museum

Parc du Champ de Mars

Parc Méquillet

Parc Saint-François-Xavier

Public Theater

Saint Martin Church

Saint Matthieu Church

Schwendi fountain

Seat of the Ploughmen's guild

Square Adolphe Hirn

Square de la Montagne-Verte

St Martin's circle

St Peter's Chapel

Statue of liberty

Tanner's district

The 'Catherinettes'

The Dominican Church

The fishmonger's district

The former guard house

The Hansi Village and its Museum

The House of the St. John's Knights

The Pfister House

The Roesselmann Fountain

The Synagogue

Toy Museum

Unterlinden Museum

Voltaire's residence

Water Tower garden

“Zum Schwan“ House (or Schongauer House)

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