The former abbey-church of Saint-Nabor

THE FORMER ABBEY-CHURCH OF SAINT-NABOR

An oratory created during the 6th century was at the origin of a monastery here which received the relics of Saint Nabor from Saint Chrodegang, bishop of Metz in the year 765.

The monastery “Abbatia Sancti Naboris” had a remarkable influence during the whole middle ages. A royal possession in 1766, the abbey was completely rebuilt during the 18th century after the plans of Leopold Durand.
During the revolution, the cloister and other cloistered buildings were destroyed; the municipality saved the abbey by exchanging it against the ancient parish church which was sacrificed.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the church was subject to a baroque restoration, but the stucco and the gold ornamentation were destroyed by bombing in 1944. Remarkably restored after World War II, it recovered its original purity.

The onion-shaped domes, covered with slate, give the church a baroque look. But, as you approach it, you discover the classic which shows in its fullness as you walk into the high nave flooded with light. The basilica layout consists of three equally high naves and big columns topped by gilded Corinthian capitals.

THE ORGAN CASE

In the 18th century, Jacques Gounin sculptured the beautiful organ case which is situated in the back of the church. It was heavily damaged by the bombardments during World War II. The instrument was restored in 1987.

THE ENTOMBMENT AND THE RETABLE OF THE VIRGIN

The sculptured “Entombment” which had originally decorated the old parish church Saint Pierre and Saint Paul, is placed against the left wall. It certainly dates back to the 16th century (1530-1550).
The “Retable of the Virgin” dates back to the second half of the 15th century. The right aisle shows us a Calvary dating back to 1624. It is called “Croix des Porcelets” in memory of Jean des Porcelets de Maillane, bishop of Toul and abbot of Saint-Avold.

THE STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS MADE BY ARTHUR SCHOULER

As in the beginning, according to the custom of the 18th century, lots of light penetrates into the edifice. The stained-glass of the windows was made during 1969 and 1970 by Arthur Schouler, a local citizen, to replace those damaged by bombs in 1944.

More information about these windows HERE.

Crédit photos : AMSA, Jean STOCKER, Ville de Saint-Avold.