The central camp - Grossmatt

When one goes down from the Mont St Odile on the West side while following the way if the pilgrims, one emerges, after 200 meters passed under the beautiful ones and large trees, on a vast clearing whose cannot suspect the existence if one remains with the monastery.

It's here that at the beginning of the century last Robert Forrer, famous archaeologist, would have made a disconcerting discovery. Below the grossmatt at the place even where one enjoys the most beautiful sight on the roofs of the monastery, an accumulation of small parallelepiped sandstone stones of form draw its attention.
Laid out more or less rings some, they seemed to form a cromlech prehistoric circular, similar to the temple of Stonehenge in England, one called it the circle megalithic of the grossmatt. It's supposed that these formed a reproduction in miniature of a temple located on the current top of the solid mass, namely with the site even of the monastery. Some child of this time would have had fun to reproduce what it saw above him. Robert Forrer concluded as well as the top from the mountain was occupied by a (Celtic) temple probably dedicated to a solar goddess, considering the shape of this temple. This thesis was very discussed at the time.

One should even the archaeologist to have invented itself this history to make oneself important. The small stones are besides visible with the archaeological museum of Strasbourg. A present nobody could confirm or canner anything. The secrecy remains...

I would allow myself to add a stone (even several) to this mystery. In deed when one moves more towards the West still, night before penetration in the forest, one notice strange rocks distributed between large oaks. A kind of sandy chaos without much importance. But while there looking at more closely one believes (I believe) these to detect a certain alignment, delimiting an East-West alley directed towards 10 meters. Strange all the same these rocks which one meets only at this place. There is of in no other elsewhere in trimmings. And why thus pseudo alignment? Would this be the remainder of an old temple, an appendix of temple?

I don't have any element to work out a thesis. What is astonishing is that null mention as of these blocks of sandstone doesn't appear in the literature. Perhaps that if archaeologists don't say anything of it, it's that there's nothing to say. There but I advice with the reader to go to throw an eye, it will be able to have an idea by itself.
It's a rather romantic place, favourable with the daydream which pushes the walker to make a small installation there before going up with to monastery. Who knows if in old times, this place were no intended for a preparatory halt, or a purifying passage before going up at the top of the mountain where, according to the thesis of §Forrer, raised it a temple ? We will certainly never know the truth unless excavations are carried out there. Which each one to see there what he wants.