The site and name of Thierenbach

At an altitude of 355 metres, a good 20 or so kilometres from Colmar and Mulhouse, the pilgrimage site of Thierenbach stands between the foothills of Sudelkopf and Thierenbachkopf to the north, and those of Vieil-Armand to the south. It nestles at the bottom of a small valley adjacent to the Rimbach, where a stream called the Thierenbach runs through. As for the origin of the name, various interpretations have been suggested: perhaps from the Celtic word “thier” which became “dur” in German, meaning “water”, or maybe from the German words “thier” (meaning “animal”) and “bach” (meaning “stream”), or “durr” (meaning “dry”).

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