I’ve never been aware of the extent of the problem with the church robbery in the Catholic world before setting off for the western part of Europe and visiting the Chapel of St. Hubertus in Weweler in particular. So, no wonder that I managed to obtain the key of the closed Church of Wallerode only after I’ve been cross-examined by the key keeper and that in the Church of Nieder-Emmels, I’ve been questioned by the curators of the temple when seeing me with my camera in hand about whom I am working for and why I am taking these pictures… And no wonder that nowadays you don’t have a free access to the Church of Weweler, because the key is kept by the owner of the manor house nearby.
Well, I just cannot apprehend all this – if you are a religious person and you commit a church theft, you would probably know that this is a sin. And if you aren’t a religious person and yet you steal pieces of great religious importance, then, what’s the point anyway….
So, the settlement of Weweler has a great historical importance, there is no doubt about it. It has belonged in the past to the great Thommen. And although Weweler was first mentioned in a document from 1313, there was a church there many centuries before this date.
It is assumed that the tower of the present church, a former fortified tower, dates from the 10th-12th century (info: burg-reuland.be)
The rest of the building dates from the 15-16th century.
As I said, the settlement and the church itself have a great historical significance for sure, but the Baroque furnishings date back to the 18th century and as many as 10 Baroque statues of this 18th-century furnishings has been stolen.
The stolen statues have been replaced with pictures, as you could see in the wooden niche to the left.
The high altar is in the Louis XV style.
This is also one Einstützenkirche, this specific church construction that we’ve already met a couple of times. But this time, I’ve tried to avoid to shoot the pillar, so that I can show more of the interior. Nevertheless, parts of it can be seen in the photographs.
This 13th-century oak crucifix is the oldest piece in the church. Strangely and fortunately, it hasn’t been stolen.
Remains of two medieval mural paintings, revealed in the choir in 1986 and translocated onto the opposite wall.