Klausen Pilgrimage Church/Parish and Pilgrimage Church of the Visitation of Mary, Klausen

Klausen Pilgrimage Church

The history of the Pilgrimage Church of the Visitation in Klausen, or Eberhardsklausen, is similar to that of the Abbey of Mariawald. In 1440, a poor man named Eberhard just placed a Pièta in one hollow tree. He then built a Klause (a German word for ‘a hermitage’, where obviously also the name of the settlement derives from). Eberhard built also a small church and afterward, here was a monastery erected as well as a new Gothic church, dedicated in 1502.

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And just as the Abbey of Mariawald, it very rapidly developed into a pilgrimage site, and the pilgrimage continues to this very day.

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The Antwerpen carved altar from 1480 contains almost 100 gilded figures.

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A Rococo pulpit and confessionals from 1774.

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Madonna and Child with Saint Anne from the 19th century.

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Various relics.

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A candlestick donated by the Club Motorradfreunde Klausen on the occasion of a motorcycle pilgrimage in 1997.

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The tomb of the Knight Phillip of Ottenesch, deceased 1535, who is known as St. Kommholmich and is cause for another, parallel pilgrimage to the church. There is an old tradition about it. If you are a woman and are looking for the proper man to marry, you have to visit the tomb seven times grasping the trousers of the figure.

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Entrance to the monastery garden.

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