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Puits Sainte-Richarde

Saint Richardis Well

Saint Richardis of Swabia
ca. 840 - 894/896
Holy Roman Empress, wife of Charles the Fat; founder of Andlau Abbey


Andlau /  Puits Sainte-Richarde   Andlau /  Puits Sainte-Richarde


Sandstone statue of Saint Richardis on top of a column on a well. The pulley for the basket hangs on the bear.

Andlau - Puits Sainte-Richarde Andlau - Puits Sainte-Richarde


Signed: AC*


The well was ordered by the abbess Cunegonde de Reinach for the cloister of the abbey of Andlau, it bears the date 1513 and the coats of arms of Andlau and Reinach.

Andlau and the bear

The bear is the symbol of Andlau and Saint Richardis of Swabia.

According to the Richardis, the wife of Emperor Charles the Fat was in 887 accused of misconduct by her husband. To show his innocence she submits herself to the test of fire. Barefoot and wearing a shirt covered with wax, she passes through the flames unharmed. Although her innocence was proved, she left the imperial palace and went into the forest. An angel appeared and ordered her to found a monastery at the place to be supplied by a bear. At the entrance of the Val d'Eleon, on the banks of the river, she sees the beast announced scraping the ground.
At that spot she founded the abbey of Andlau. Since that time, Andlau is the bear village, 'le village aux ours'.

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Location (N 48°23'14" - E 7°24'59")

Item Code: fral025; Photograph: 17 April 2012
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