Temple Neuf in
Strasbourg is a Lutheran church built on the site
of the former Dominican convent where
Meister Eckhart studied. The
Temple was constructed at the end of the 19th century after the old
Dominican Church was destroyed during the Siege of
Strasbourg on the
night of 24 to 25 August, during the Franco-Prussian War. The ensuing
fire also destroyed the libraries of the University of
the City of
Strasbourg which were located at the
Temple Neuf site.
The Dominican convent had been built in 1260 and in 1538 the Jean
Sturm Gymnasium was attached. When
Strasbourg became Protestant in
1590, the library of the Protestant seminary was transferred to the
The current church building was built from 1874 to 1877 in pink
sandstone and a Neo-Romanesque style. The architect was Emile Salomon.
The name "Temple Neuf" is a translation of the German name "Neue
Kirche" that the former Dominican Church had carried since 1681, when,
with the annexation of
Strasbourg by Louis XIV of France, the
Protestants had to leave
Strasbourg Cathedral. 
The Church contains the tombstone of Johannes Tauler, the famous
Dominicain mystic and preacher.
The 1877 organ is by the famous German organ maker Joseph Merklin.
^ "History of the BNU". BNU (National University Library of
Strasbourg). Retrieved 2013-10-10.
^ "Strasbourg, paroisse luthérienne du Temple Neuf". Wiki
protestants.org. 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
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Coordinates: 48°35′00″N 7°44′54″E / 48.58333°N