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.

The whole region of Manderfeld was a hunting ground of the Carolingians.

The presumable place of the palace is here, where the Church of St. Lambert (St. Lambertus Pfarrkirche) stands today – the place of the former palace chapel.

St.Lambertus Pfarrkirche, Manderfeld

In ‘Zwischen Venn und Schneifel’, issue 7, 2004, Actum Manderfeld palatio regio…., by Hubert Jenniges, it is said that the typical of all the 5 churches of the settlements mentioned above is the terraced area around them, which suggests that they were part of the palace complex.

What is remarkable about the church of Manderfeld is the Way of the Cross with its 13 stations and the 14th one in a chapel-like housing, representing 7 Bible characters around the body of Christ – Joseph of Arimatea, a grieving woman, the Virgin Mary, John the Evangelist, Mary Magdalene, another grieving woman, and Nicodemus. They were crafted out of red sandstone in 1765.

The church itself dates from 1549, but, as said above, it has a much older origin and an older west tower as well. It was mentioned for the first time in the 14th century.

It is a previous ‘Einstützenkirche’, or its construction was with only one pillar holding up the whole vault of the room (I’ve already shown one Einstützenkirche in Kronenburg), and in 1780, it was reconstructed and redesigned. Its Neo-Gothic furnishings date from the 20th century.

I should say that modernization doesn’t always necessarily imply improvement or beautification. Sometimes it leads rather to destruction of an important historical heritage, as it is, in my opinion, the case with the church of Manderfeld.

St.Lambertus Pfarrkirche, Manderfeld (6)

The side chapel with the New-Gothic statues of the four Evangelists from 1903 (the statues).

There is a round window with the ‘God’s Eye’ on the tower (visible at the far end of the photograph above) that reminds of the free masons (as it is noted in Reiseführer der Ostkantone Belgien by Jean-Marc Gay and Jean-Marc Huygen).

The tower from the 11th century with the coat of arms of the Trier Archbishop Richard of Greiffenclau (1467-1531) (you can find something about him here).

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