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Goethe memorial

Goethe memorial
Goethe memorial
1 Rue Frédérique Brion
67770 Sessenheim

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Sessenheim, Alsace, owes its fame to the poet, writer, art theorist and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

In 1770, Goethe, aged 21, a law student at Strasbourg, visited with a friend the pastor Brion. He met Frédérique, the Pastor's daughter, aged eighteen, and immediately fell in love. This idyll, which lasted between 1770 and 1771, is recounted in their exchange of letters, and his autobiography Dichtung und Wahrheit. The object of his love is described as "the most charming star of the country sky". This romance also inspired him Sessenheim Lieder with the poems Willkommen und Abschied, Maifest, Erwache Friedericke or Heidenröslein.

Sessenheim seems designated to receive the memories of the romance between the German poet who had a strong influence in European intellectual life of the time and the daughter of the local pastor. In 1961, a former imperial style guardroom built in 1820 has been transformed to accommodate the Goethe memorial. The building is home to numerous documents testifying of Goethe's life: his studies in Strasbourg, its intellectual ties with France and its development related to his poetic romance in Sessenheim. The Goethe memorial also includes a copy of the sculptured bust by David d'Angers surrounded by quotes from the poet, or authors such as Napoleon and Paul Valéry.

The Goethe memorial is a real pilgrimage for fans of the author of Faust.

Photo: © Frachet

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