ARCHITECT, German
(active 1020s in Alsace)

Exterior view

1020s
Photo
Nunnery church, Ottmarsheim, Alsace

In its ground plan and elevation, the former nunnery church in Ottmarsheim is a simplified imitation of the Palatine Chapel of Charlemagne in Aachen. The octagonal, centrally planned building is also encircled by an octagonal ambulatory. In the west there is a single-tower front, whilst the east has a small rectangular choir with a gallery.

The photo shows a view of the church from the south-east. Inspired by the Aachen model, the western end of the church was given greater prominence by means of a tower. Towers were built during the Ottonian period at many other places, too.

View the ground plan of the church.




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