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Saint Odile and the limetrees
Saint Odile had a second monastery built lower down for the sick who could not climb to the official monastery. Niedermunster is attached to the legend of the lime trees of Sainte Odile. While she was watching over the construction of the monastery, a man brought her three linden branches. He told her to plant them in front of the convent to perpetuate his memory. She planted one twig in the name of the Father, the second in the name of the Son, and a third in the name of the Holy Spirit. The three branches became mighty lime trees. Two were destroyed by a forest fire in 1681 and the last one was cut down shortly after. Three new trees have been planted since.
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