Created in 1999 on the initiative of the regional council and tourist authority, the Route Romane d’Alsace presents a little-known feature of the architectural heritage of Alsace : Romanesque buildings. The route runs across the plains, wine-growing areas and hills of the region to 120 churches, abbeys and fortresses ranging from the most prestigious to the most secret. There are 19 principal stages between Wissembourg and Feldbach.
Among the Romanesque sites in Alsace is the church of Saints-Pierre-et-Paul at Wissembourg. The actual church is essentially from the 13th and 14th centuries, but the chapel along the eastern wing of the cloister and the tower are Romanesque. The abbey church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste at Saint-Jean-Saverne dates from 1150-1160 and was founded by the Abbaye de Saint-Georges in the Black Forest. The building comprises 3 naves with 10 bays and no transept ending in 3 semi-circular apses.