St. James' Church, Dasburg

Dasburg has such a location that you haven’t yet drove out of the settlement and you find yourself in Luxembourg.


Its territory belonged through Pepin the Short to the Abbey of Prüm too.

The abbey in its turn turned it over to the Count of Vianden in exchange for receiving protection – that constant game during the Middle Ages: deals and commissions to gain power and influence, or defense.Burg Dasburg

Dasburg Castle was erected as early as AD 850 as one of the oldest castles in the surroundings and was first mentioned in 1222. Yet of the former magnificence of the Vianden Counts’ Residence, this has only remained. And only because in 1811, Napoleon gave it to Marshal Nicolas Charles Oudinot due to his military service. The Marshal wasn’t interested in the building, so he put it out to contract on the condition that it would be razed to the ground (another destruction of a cultural monument in Napoleon’s Time.) The 36 new owners of the property built houses with stones from the castle wall.

Dasburg (2)

View from the castle of the settlement founded at its foot.

St. Jakobus der Aeltere Dasburg

It’s worthwhile to see the beautiful Rococo interior of the church, dedicated to James, son of Zebedee or James the Great. It was built in 1767 by a Trinitarian pastor from Daleiden (we already know how the Trinitarians came in the area – see the publication about Vianden).

The altar and the pulpit were crafted in 1779.

St. Jakobus der Aeltere Dasburg (2)

St. Jakobus der Aeltere Dasburg (3)

Saint Roch, who was invoked against the plague, to the left, and Apostle James the Great to the right. Apostle James the Great has scallop shells on his cloak, which are the symbol and traditional emblem of him and of the pilgrims on the Way of St. James. With it are the routes and the temples on this way marked. The coat of arms of Dasburg alone includes one scallop shell. Maybe that’s why James the Great is the patron saint of the local church (or vice versa).

St. Jakobus der Aeltere Dasburg (5)

St. Jakobus der Aeltere Dasburg (4)

St. Jakobus der Aeltere Dasburg (6)

8 coats of arms are depicted on the ceiling:

St. Jakobus der Aeltere Dasburg (7)

that of Arzfeld Municipality, of Rhineland-Palatine, of Bishop Franz Rudolf Bornewasser, of Dasburg Municipality;

St. Jakobus der Aeltere Dasburg (8)

the seal of the parish, coat of arms of Vianden County, of Bishop Hermann Josef Spital, of the Trinitarians.

Apparently, the coats of arms were painted in more recent times as the bishops in question had lived in the 20th and even at the beginning of the 21st century.

And since I place value on the details, I want to draw your attention (without turning my blog into a place for intricate conspiratorial theories) to the five-leaved flower/rose decorating the entire church. It is just interesting to mention it.

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