Month: September 2017

Mürlenbach

Bertrada Castle, Mürlenbach

Although Bertrada Castle (named after Bertrada of Laon, German: Bertrada von Mürlenbach. See: Prüm) was mentioned for the first time in 1331, in Roman times, there was presumably a Roman castel and in the 8th century – a Carolingian castle, at the place. Bertrada Castle in Mürlenbach is one of the presumable birthplaces of Charlemagne (see (more…)

St. Lambertus Pfarrkirche/Church of St. Lambert, Manderfeld

Church of St. Lambert, Manderfeld

Manderfeld was first mentioned in AD 854 in connection with a deed of donation sealed by Emperor Lothar I himself in his palace/Pfalz in Manderfeld demolished by the Normans in AD 882. There were actually 5 Frankish palaces in the area – of Manderfeld, of Thommen, Neundorf, Büllingen, and Amel. (more…)

Château de Leignon/Castle of Leignon

Castle of Leignon

The major part of the 2600-2700 castles in Belgium that are still private and not open to the public is well-visible from the main streets. That doesn’t hold true for the Castle of Leignon.  But even though I couldn’t take proper photographs of it, I want to show it by all means. As it is a very special castle to me. (more…)