St. Vith

Church of St. Vitus, St. Vith

I’ve already written about Belgium and its German-speaking community, but here is more detailed information on it.

I’m starting with St. Vith – one of the two main towns of the community. And firstly, I want to say that I don’t have any pictures of it, although I lived in the vicinity for so many years, and I’ve visited it on so many occasions. But a fact is a fact – I don’t have any pictures of it. And here is something that could explain this – St. Vith is known as the second most heavily bombed area during the WW2 after Dresden. So, almost nothing has remained from the original town. And I’ve never ever had the impulse to switch on my camera when I was there. Except for when I was in the church, of course.

The church and the town, named after Saint Vitus were first mentioned in 1131. And maybe because of this dedication, reason for an important pilgrimage in honor of the saint in the past, you could feel calm and safe in this peaceful little settlement.

The statue of Saint Vitus from the previous demolished Gothic church.

The 13th century early Gothic font is the oldest piece in the church.

Tombstone of Friedrich von Rolshausen from 1517.

What I actually wanted to show you here is the choir with the most curious figure of Jesus that I’ve ever seen.

The contemporary, but very symbolically ornate with pentagrams and spirals ceiling, depicting the omnipotence of God. Generally, I am not only impressed by the ancient art, but also by the modern one, when it hides symbolism and mystery inside itself.

And now – the figure of Jesus. Don’t you see one Heracles here? (See here) Or maybe Prometheus? Oh, I’ve forgotten – this is another story and the archetype of another, very important character in the Christian mythology.

The figure seen from behind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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