Castle of Clervaux

It’s weird when you visit one place and decide not to take photographs of it, not to have seen much things, worthy enough to be photographed. And one day you remember that you have been there, at this place, and yet you don’t have any pictures of it, or at least, not sufficient. And this place is very specific and interesting, just as so many other settlements in Luxembourg. Generally speaking, Luxembourg is a very specific country to me.

So what should we do when we have the above situation. Visit the place again, of course. (which isn’t always possible).

Schlossburg Clervaux (6)

The Castle of Clervaux, built on a rocky spur as a hill fortified castle in the 12th century by the Counts of Sponheim.

It is an impressive building located over the settlement.

Schlossburg Clervaux

Well, I’ve been inside it on my first visit, to see one of the three exhibitions there – of models of Luxembourg’s castles (with the purpose to collect material for my further journeys, of course). But then, as I said, I didn’t take any pictures of it. Which really surprised me a couple of years later, when I began to make this blog.

Schlossburg Clervaux (4)

Schlossburg Clervaux (2)

Schlossburg Clervaux (3)

Schlossburg Clervaux (5)

Pfarrkirche Clervaux

Pfarrkirche Clervaux (2)

The Parish Church of the Saints Cosmas and Damian, built in 1910-12 in the Rhenish-Romanesque style. It is also interesting to photograph, as I noticed on my second visit. Although it is too contemporary for me.

Pfarrkirche Clervaux (3)

Pfarrkirche Clervaux (4)

Pfarrkirche Clervaux (5)

Benediktinerabtei Clervaux

Benediktinerabtei Clervaux (2)

And this is the Benedictine Abbey of St. Maurutuis and St. Maurus, another Neo-Romanesque building from 1909/1910.

Benediktinerabtei Clervaux (3)

Benediktinerabtei Clervaux (4)

Benediktinerabtei Clervaux (5)

I won’t tell how I’ve managed to capture from such a short distance these beautiful Retables, detached from the main nave. This is due to my attitude to the religion in general, and I will write later about it.

But what actually triggered my second visit to Clervaux, was the Rococo Loretto-Chapel, built in 1762 by the Clervaux Count of Lannoy.

And here was my disappointment – it was closed. It is my mistake that I often travel totally unprepared and I just leave all to the chance, but I’m sure this time I got much more information from different sources and I didn’t read that it is closed. So, the tourist office personnel were so kind to inform me later in an e-mail, that it is open only for guided visits of the whole town.

The same happened with another important historical and culture place in the vicinity – the Church of Munshausen, a 12th century temple, used from 1470 as a burial place of the Counts of Clervaux – D’Clerfer Kapell. It was also built on the foundations of a pagan place of cult.

Kirche Munshausen

The information that I later get was that the building was closed due to restoration and the date of its reopening is unknown. But this is an info that you can obviously obtain only by e-mail, or by telephone, if it crosses your mind by chance that you have to ask for it, before you are setting off to these sites.


Mosaic depiction of the castle near the Loretto-Chapel.

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