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Sanctuary of the Mont Sainte-Odile

Daughter of light

The Mont Sainte-Odile is a major pilgrimage site in Alsace. Situated one hour from Strasbourg, the mount rises to 764 meters above sea level. The monastery created by Saint Odile in the Middle Ages dominates the mount and overlooks the valley.

At first inhabited by pre-historic man, the spiritual dimension of the mount began in the 7th century with Sainte Odile, patron saint of Alsace. The eldest daughter of the Duke of Alsace, Aldaric, she was sent to a convent in Burgundy to avoid the deadly anger of her father. She was baptized by the bishop of Ratisbonne at 12 years old. At this instant, she who was born blind, began to see. It is at this time that she received the name of Odile: “daughter of light”. Later she chose to be consecrated to the Lord. Along with numerous other women, she founded a convent and welcomed the poor and the infirm. Even during her life time, there were many miracles. When she died in 720, her sisters placed her body in a coffin that can be seen still today in spite of the damage inflicted on it over time.

The reception at the sanctuary is staffed by many volunteers and a community of apostolic nuns who live according to the spirit of Saint Odile.

The Mont Sainte-Odile is an ideal stop for your pilgrimage in the East of France.

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