The area of the forest of Tinseubois was known in the past as ‘the old castle’ due to the hunting lodge and all the adjacent buildings, constructed by Baron Rotsart de Hertaing who in 1857 acquired a 40-hectar terrain there.
The second wife of the baron suffered from an inflammation due to which her leg had to be amputated. But she decided to go on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France instead. After coming back home, her health improved and later, her leg completely healed. That was the reason for the erection of the chapel in the forest in 1876 – a chapel, dedicated to the Notre Dame de Lourdes.
And it very rapidly became a famous pilgrimage destination due to this miraculous healing of the baroness.
And it was this chapel that prompted my own pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. I just went back home after visiting it, read the article that I’ve found in the historical magazine ‘Zwischen Venn und Schneifel’ by K.D. Klauser from June 2000 and said: ‘My God, I have to do the same. I have to go to Santiago.’ So, the visit to this chapel turned out to be the milestone of my life. That is why I am publishing this at all – because of my incredible personal experience, triggered by this story, that I will someday write about.
In 1906, almost all the buildings of the castle complex were demolished. Here now stand only the chapel and one shack.