Sint-Pieters-Voeren

Commandery of Sint-Pieters-Voeren

We’ve already spoken of the Order of the Knights Templar, the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, and the Trinitarian Order, but not about the Teutonic Order, or the Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem. It was the third order after the Order of the Knights Templar and the Order of Hospitallers, founded ca. 1190.

And the present building of the Commandery of Sint-Pieters-Voeren is an impressive 17th-century moated castle built in the Mosan Renaissance style.

Commanderij van Sint-Pieters-Voeren

Commanderij van Sint-Pieters-Voeren (2)

Commanderij van Sint-Pieters-Voeren (3)

Commanderij van Sint-Pieters-Voeren (4)

But the only area open for visitors is the territory of the fish farming ponds.

This is the oldest pisciculture in Belgium.

Commanderij van Sint-Pieters-Voeren (7)

You can only see and approach the gorgeous entrance porch, but not enter it, which is a great disappointment for one ‘knightly order lover’,

Commanderij van Sint-Pieters-Voeren (6)

Commanderij van Sint-Pieters-Voeren (5)

but otherwise, it is worthwhile to visit this interesting beauty.

Sint-Pieters-Stoelkerk

The church Sint-Pieters-Stoelkerk built in 1660 by the Commander Willem Quaedt van Beeck.

Do I have to mention that it was closed, just as St. Peter’s Church in Roth an der Our.

Sint-Pieters-Stoelkerk (2)

Sint-Pieters-Stoelkerk (3)

Sint-Pieters-Stoelkerk (6)

Sint-Pieters-Stoelkerk (4)

Part of the castle seen from the church yard.

Sint-Pieters-Stoelkerk (5)

And the church seen from the fish farming ponds of the castle.

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