St. Martin’s Church, Hachiville/Helzen/Helzingen

St. Martin’s Church, Hachiville

Maybe I will never have the chance to visit the pilgrimage site Helzer Klaus, because it was closed at the time I went to St. Martin’s Church in Hachiville, but I want to show you this church though, and its great treasure.

Helzer Klaus was once a pagan place of cult dedicated to a spring goddess, later converted to the cult of the Virgin Mary. And in 1474, it became a Christian pilgrimage site (there is no surprise here. See: Chapel of St. Bartholomew, WiesenbachUlflingen/Ëlwen/Troisvierges, and many other examples on my blog.

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Much to my regret, again, I couldn’t find any sufficient information on the place and the church. But here is at least the most important piece of information: it was built in 1775.

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The tower in the New-Baroque style.

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The Baroque furnishings date from 1778-1780.

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And I will soon show you another church in another Luxembourg town, with a similar interior, almost from the same time, which I thought was by the same artist as here – the workshop of Eberhard Hennes from Neuerburg. But it’s not. And in my opinion, it could be also almost mistaken for the masterpieces by Jean-Georges Scholtus (see: here and here) who originated from the Belgian town of Bastogne, but from the times when it had belonged to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

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St. Peter

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And again, St. Mary Magdalena (see Church of St. Maximin in Pintsch).

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And now – the 16th-century Retable, „one of the Luxembourg’s most precious art treasures“. (as it is noticed in many places, e.g. “171 Circuits Auto-pédestres” du Ministère du Tourisme aux éditions Guy Binsfeld).

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This carved altar stood originally in the Helzer Klaus, but after being stolen in 1976, it was replaced in the hermitage with a replica and the original piece was brought here – at the church in the settlement.

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You can see all the precautions taken to prevent a second theft of the masterpiece.

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Old tombstones around the church.

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