Month: March 2016

Münstermaifeld Collegiate Church of St. Martin and St. Severus

Münstermaifeld Collegiate Church of St. Martin and St. Severus

Passing absolutely by chance and unprepared (as it happens to me very often) by the church, dedicated to Saint Martin and Saint Severus of Ravenna in Münstermaifeld, on my way to Eltz Castle, I came also across some kind of private event inside that didn’t allow me to take sufficient photographs of the place. But these could give you an idea of the interior as well.

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Burg Eltz/Eltz Castle

Eltz Castle

Eltz Castle was recommended to me by an American and apparently, this is their favorite destination as the place was full of American tourists during my visit. I can understand the interest of the Americans in the Old Continent. I always recall one story that is told by Fellini in the book „I, Fellini“, by Charlotte Chandler: during one of his visits in the USA, he asked for a studio in an old building to be placed at his disposal. They immediately found one for him – in a building that was 5 years old.

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St. Peter’s Church in Beho

St. Peter's Church, Beho, high altar

As I said in the publication about Bastogne, the little Church of St. Peter in Beho is the great masterpiece of the Bastogne sculptor Jean Georges Scholtus to me (though, not the only one at all), and it still holds one of the top positions in my personal classification of favorite churches. Maybe it is because of its modest appearance that leads to the wow-effect when you enter it, or maybe because of its obscure mysterious history.

In „Ardennes/Eifel, ein Garten Europas“, by Greven Verlag Köln, 1964, it is said that it was searched in vain for an explanation about why none of the tourist guides utters a word about this site. But maybe it just has to remain exactly this way…

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Prüm

Abbey church, Prüm, font

One of the purposes of my blog is to show how on every corner, from every stone and every little settlement peeps out great history. One typical example is Prüm – today a nice and very calm little town, but an independent principality in the past, and earlier – extremely rich and powerful Carolingian Imperial Abbey that was an important authority factor in the surrounding аrea.

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Esch-sur-Sûre

Esch-sur-Sûre

I have annoyingly insufficient photograph material, and almost no information about Esch-sur-Sûre/Esch-Sauer, but I want to say something about it, as with its erection in 927, Esch Castle is in actual fact the first castle on the territory of the present Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (as we’ve seen in the previous publication, even the castle in Luxembourg City dates from AD 963.) (more…)

Luxembourg City

Luxembourg, Park

My blog is about not so popular tourist destinations (mainly from a Bulgarian point of view, but not only), yet if I don’t show something from the capital of this tiny country with a few more than a half million residents, then what else remains to be shown in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg… I’m joking, of course. But for the moment, I’ve decided that Luxembourg City and Brussels will be the only popular destinations to present here, only because I might have missed visiting some important sights there, but in return, I’ve photographed other, not seen by everyone (this applies mainly to Brussels).

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Bastogne

Bastogne

Bastogne is mainly famous for its military history during the World War II – for the Siege of Bastogne in December 1944, part of the so-called Ardennes Offensive Operation. That’s why its tourist attractions are for the most part of military nature – War Museums, memorials, and War Cemetery. That explains the very few photographs made by me in this town, and yet this is exactly what determines its tourist attractivity.

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Malmedy

Rue Jules Steinbach, Malmedy

In 2018, Malmedy is going to celebrate 1370 years of its foundation, which began in 648 with the building of a Benedictine monastery. In fact, of a double-monastery – that of Malmunderio/Malmedy and Stabelaco/Stavelot. The Frankish King Sigebert III, ruler of Austrasia and next to the last Merovingian king, granted part of his property in the Ardennes to the Aquitanian Abbot Remacle with the commission to build a monastery in the heart of the forest.

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