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Saint Martin Protestant Church was built between 1601 and 1607 and is the work of Heinrich Schickhardt, the architect of Frederic 1st Prince of Montbéliard, in its purest form. It is also the oldest church in France dedicated to the Reformation form of worship.
Opened only in December for the 'Christmas Lights' or for guided tours.
Exhibition of a copy of the Montbeliard altarpiece (Mömpelgarder Altar) at St Martin protestant church
Around 1540, at the request of the Count of Montbéliard Georges I *, a large altarpiece was created by the painter Heinrich Füllmaurer, who was born in Herremberg (Württemberg). Consisting of a central pinnacle and six side pinnacles that can be folded over the central one, this polyptych shows 157 beautiful painted panels and nearly looks like an illustrated New Testament.
In the second half of 16th century, the altarpiece was sent to Stuttgart. In 1617, it is mentioned as the Mömpelgarder Altar, coming from Montbéliard and then kept in the Prince 's collections. In 1634, because of the turmoil caused by the Thirty Years' war, the altarpiece ended to Vienna (Austria) among other spoils of war but became one of the masterpieces of the Hasbourg's collection of paintings. It is now housed at the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna.
A faithful copy of this masterpiece of the German Renaissance can now be seen at Saint Martin protestant church that was built by Heinrich Schickhardt, the famous Wurttemberg architect born in Herrenberg in 1558.
*1526-1534 then 1553-1558
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