Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in Selestat, France.
Surrounded by some of the most beautiful Alsatian scenery in the region, the historical town of Selestat is famous for its Humanist Library, historical churches and houses and its contemporary art scene. The medieval centre of the town is full of intriguing and unusual architectural features, narrow winding streets filled with stores selling local produce and religious buildings dating from the 12th to the 19th centuries.
The Humanist Library at Selestat is housed in a former church and features one of the largest collections of scientific and philosophical works in France. The books came from the 15th century Humanist Library, while others were left to the establishment by Beatus Rhenanus, a celebrated humanist who was born in the town. The highlight is a 7th century Merovingian lectionary, thought to be the oldest book in any museum or library in Alsace.
Other historical attractions in the town include La Maison du Pain, a museum dedicated to the art of bread making, and featuring a real working bakery. Bakers make local speciality breads and cakes, which can be sampled and bought in the store. The Strasbourg Gate is all that remains of Selestat's medieval fortifications, aside from a few pieces of wall, which were designed by the architect Vauban, while the town's Protestant church was originally a 12th century monastery.
More impressive is the current Catholic church, St Georges, which took over 200 years to build. Famous for its spectacular stained glass windows and ornately carved pulpit, the building is open to visitors daily. Alternatively, the town's synagogue, built in the 19th century, it was severely damaged by the invading Germans in 1940, but has been restored. The traditional ritual bath was also excavated at that time and is open to visitors today.
Along with all the history, Selestat is also now becoming known as a centre for contemporary art. The Regional Fund for Contemporary Art of Alsace (FRAC) has its own new, glass-fronted building in the town. This space not only holds exhibitions of modern art by local and national artist, but also arranges other cultural events, including theatre, music and modern dance. Inspired by the events taking place at the FRAC centre, Selestat has become something of a magnet for modern artists and contemporary events. One of the most intriguing is La Lame, a work by the artist Marc Couturier, which consists of a large metal blade attached to the wall of the medieval St Georges church.
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Selestat? Then below is a selection of gites in Selestat and villas in Selestat that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.