Auf den Spuren der Habsburger

Alsace under the crown of France after 1648

The "Conseil Souverain d'Alsace"
The "Conseil Souverain d'Alsace" (Sovereign Council of Alsace) is instituted in 1657. It is the highest royal jurisdiction in the province. The headquarters is first in Ensisheim, then in Breisach, after which it moves to the town of Paille, and then finally to Colmar in 1698. The palace is reconstructed in 1771.

After 1648 the royal administration of France sets itself up in a devastated region and in the depopulated areas. Alsace experience a strong wave of immigrations from Switzerland, the Savoy and regions further away.An age of demographic, economic, political and cultural transformations begins. This occurs around the headquarters of administration (which is located first in Breisach and then in Strasbourg) as well as the sovereign council which is created in 1657 and established in January 1658 in Ensisheim. In 1673, Colmar submits to the rule of the king, and in 1686, in this former bastion of opposition to royal rule, an administrator is installed as representative of royal power over the venerable institutions of the city. In 1681 accedes totally after a brief demonstration of power, thus following the example of Colmar. The Alsace is now united. Louis XIV has achieved what the archdukes, especially Leopold V, had failed to do.In the 18th century begins a golden age for the Alsace in many respects.

The conquest of Alsace by Louis XIV
Louis XIV in Strasbourg.The treaty signed on September 30, 1681 opens Strasbourg to the king and ends the conquest of Alsace by Louis XIV, who retains control over the bridges over the Rhine.

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Idealbildnis von Heinrich "Jasomirgott", dem seit 1156 ersten Herzog von sterreich. (Glasfenster, Zisterzienserabtei Stift Heiligenkreuz, A-Heiligenkreuz)

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