Herve

Church St. Jean-Baptiste, Herve

I had no intention to take photographs only of the church, when setting off for the town of Herve, otherwise known mainly for its cheese of the same name (which is actually not to my taste), but I was somehow left with the impression that there are many sites of interest there that I couldn’t find, or I found them, but there was nothing left to be photographed – just some remains. Maybe my impression was wrong, but it is an actual fact that I now have pictures only of the church. Why this cannot surprise me at all?

Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, Herve

What you can see here is a crooked spire that I showed you once in Mayen and I’ve already written that this is not a unique one. There are other crooked spires in the area, despite the interesting legend trying to explain the construction in a popular manner.

The tower was once part of a castle, built in the beginning of the 13th century, as we can read this in the brochure of the church.

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The church itself was built in the 17th century in the Renaissance style. It was consecrated in 1670.

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The baptismal font from 1574 is the oldest piece in the church.

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The right side altar.

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The left side altar with a reproduction of a draft by Rubens.

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The pulpit in the Louis XIV style of Liège, crafted in 1739.

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