Adelochus (786–823) or Adeloch was the 27th bishop of Strasbourg, successor of Erlehardus, from 817 to 822. He is buried in a Romanesque carved sarcophagus by the Master of Eschau,[1] supported on couchant lions, and carved with figures in a blind arcade with the Saviour flanked by the kneeling bishop and an angel and in the two outermost panels, a man riding a fish and a man strangling two dragons.[2] formerly in a recess in the quire of St. Thomas, Strasbourg.[3]

Adeloch, in a detail of his sarcophagus

He was the preceptor of King Louis the Pious.

A village now gone, situated between the Bruche River and Koenigshoffen, a quartier of Strasbourg, was named Adelshoffen after the bishop in the 9th century.

Another Adelochus was Adelochus (Adelog) von Dorstadt, a Bishop of Hildesheim, 1171–1190.


  1. ^ Will, Robert (1965). Alsace romane. Zodiaque.
  2. ^ The spurious inscription crediting him with founding the church in 830 was added probably in the 13th century. (Julius Euting, A descriptive guide to the city of Strassburg and its cathedral5th ed. 1896:51.
  3. ^ V. Debidour, Le bestiare sculpté en France, 1961, fig. 391, 415. Other illustration: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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