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date: 19 November 2019

Thann, St Thiébautlocked

  • Roger Lehni

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Pilgrimage and parish church in Alsace, France. It contains an important assemblage of late medieval art. Towards the end of the 13th century a relic of St Ubaldo, Bishop of Gubbio (d 1160), was brought to Thann; the saint was given the name of Thiébaut (Theobald), and his remains, it was claimed, began to work miracles. He was seen as a universal miracle-worker, invoked throughout the Holy Roman Empire. With the encouragement of the Habsburgs and a rise in pilgrimage in the 14th and 15th centuries, a large church was begun c. 1330, becoming collegiate in 1442. The church shows the influence of the Parler workshop: it has no transept, an aisled nave of four bays, a rib-vaulted choir (consecrated 1422) as long as the nave and flanked by a tower, and a western portal with a triple tympanum. The Late Gothic north aisle was built from ...

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