Eupen is another story. And now I can show you the architecture and all, and you can decide for yourself. Nevertheless, I cannot say I like this city. It’s a bit too plain, cold and not interesting. Well, maybe this feeling is because of the acquaintances I’ve made in this town.
Mentioned for the first time in 1213, Eupen is the biggest city and capital of the German-speaking Community. It was mentioned as Oipen together with the Chapel of St. Nicolas – the present Church of St. Nicolas, built between 1720 and 1726.
The Baroque interior.
But the church that has impressed me most with its unexpected coziness and warmth is the Church of the Immaculate Conception – a former monastery church of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin.
It was built 1773-1776.
The high altar in the Mosan style is a donation by a rich manufacturer. And here is the right place to say that apparently Eupen has in its history something in common with Monschau and Stolberg – its industry has developed after the settlement of experienced manufacturers in the 17th century. And this defines even the present architecture and appearance of the town.
The building of the town hall – the former monastery of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin.
The building of the present Eupen Town Museum – a former merchant house from 1697.
Grand Ry House from 1763 – today Seat of Government of the German-speaking Community.
Fountain of Mary with the New-Gothic statue of Mary from 1857.
The Werthkapelle – St. Lambertus Chapel – the oldest preserved church in Eupen from 1690 that I tried to visit a couple of times. An effort in vain – it is permanently closed.
Old house from 1730.
Old half-timbered house from the end of the 17th century.
The former Parliament building of the German-speaking Community. Because as one of the three federal communities in the country, it has its own parliament.
And here was my ‘place of execution’. Because I took this picture, turned around and tried to go on on my way, but I’ve forgotten that there are these boring anti-parking concrete poles behind me. So, I set off, stumbled upon one of them and fell on the unpaved ground holding my camera. I assume, everyone passionate about photography has had at least once this experience – to have to protect their camera rather than themselves. Thus, I ended up with wounded and bruised legs, but my camera was safe.
Details from the decorations of the most interesting building to me, found by chance right before my fall.
I’m finishing with another beautiful church in the town – the New-Gothic Church of St. Joseph, built between 1855 and 1872.
The high altar carved in 1864 and the pulpit from the same year.
Few more architectural details from Eupen.