The Staufen - The Lorraine Cross  

chemin du Staufen
68800 Thann
Location

Nearest train station :
1,4 km - Thann Centre


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During the Second World War, the Lorraine Cross was chosen as a strong symbol that corresponds to the rallying sign and emblem of the National Liberation, initiated by Charles de Gaulle. At the end of the war, the desire to erect a monument dedicated to the Alsatian Resistance took shape. The choice of the location, facing the Rhine border and visible from the Alsace plain, was strategic. The first stone was laid on 1 August 1948 by General de Gaulle himself. The monument, made of reinforced concrete, 12 metres high, in only 4 weeks, was inaugurated on 10 July 1949. A symbol of the Alsatian Resistance, it was destroyed twice in March and September 1981. Temporarily replaced by a wooden cross, the new Staufen Cross was inaugurated on 18 June 1986.
It now illuminates the town of Thann, in memory of the flame of the Resistance, evoked in General de Gaulle's Appeal on 18 June 1940. From there, the panorama extends towards the plain of Alsace, Mulhouse and the foothills of the Swiss Jura.

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© E. Smeda OTTC
© E. Smeda OTTC
© E. Smeda OTTC
© E. Thuet OTTC

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Location
  In the forest
  Panoramic view
Type of site
  Landmark
  Viewpoint and panorama

Access


  Can not be accessed by car
  Walking time (min) from carpark to site : 25

Facilities


  Picnic area
  Outdoor activity

Rates


Free entrance

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  • 7, rue de la 1ère Armée - 68800 THANN
    Monday to Saturday from 9 to 12.30 am and from 2 to 6 pm – on Sundays and bank holidays from 10 to 12.30 am and from 2 to 5 pm.
  • 1, rue Latouche - 68700 CERNAY
    Monday to Saturday from 9 to 12 am and from 2 to 6 pm – on Sundays and bank holidays from 10 am to 12 am.
  • 9, place des Alliés - 68290 MASEVAUX
    Monday to Friday from 9 to 12.30 am and from 2 to 6 pm - on Saturday from 10 to 12 am and from 2 to 5 pm. Closed on Sundays and bank holidays.
  • 81, rue Charles de Gaulle - 68550 SAINT-AMARIN
    Monday to Saturday from 10 to 12 am and from 3 to 5 pm - On Sundays and bank holidays from 10 to 12 am.

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