Marmoutier

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See Marmoutier Abbey (Tours) for the former abbey in Tours.
Marmoutier
Former abbey church of Marmoutier Abbey
Former abbey church of Marmoutier Abbey
Marmoutier is located in France
Marmoutier
Marmoutier
Coordinates: 48°41′N 7°23′E / 48.69°N 7.38°E / 48.69; 7.38Coordinates: 48°41′N 7°23′E / 48.69°N 7.38°E / 48.69; 7.38
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Saverne
Canton Marmoutier
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du pays de Marmoutier
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Claude Weil
Area
 • Land1 14.07 km2 (5.43 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 2,657
 • Population2 density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 67283 / 67440
Elevation 188–367 m (617–1,204 ft)
(avg. 210 m or 690 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Marmoutier (German: Maursmünster) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin département in Alsace in north-eastern France. The origin of the place is the former Marmoutier Abbey, of which the abbey church still serves as the parish church.

History[edit]

In 590 St. Leonhard, a disciple of Columbanus, founded a benedictine monastery which later was named after the abbot Maurus who modified it in the 12th century imitating the style of Hirsau. The church dates from this time. Above all the cloister flourished during the 14th century. In 1792 it disinitegrated during the French Revolution.

Jacob Frey, a writer, lived in Marmoutier from 1545 as town chronicler and notary.

Sights[edit]

The church of Marmoutier Abbey from the 11th century holds a pipe organ by the organ builder Andreas Silbermann.

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