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Saint-Hippolyte, Alsace, France

Saint Hippolyte is a wine-producing village situated at the foot of the Haut Koenigsbourg castle. The village is famous for its Rouge de Saint Hippolyte (Pinot Noir). The fortified city wall (built in 1316, then reinforced several times in the 14th and 15th centuries) still forms a tight circle around practically the entire town, that lost its two fortified gates and its four defensive towers in 1862. The 14th century parish church, modified in the 15th century, had a bell-tower added to it in 1822, which makes it reminiscent of an Italian gothic church (13th century choir vault, and a shrine dated 1766 containing the remains of Saint Hippolyte).
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