Tag: Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Thomas Monastery

St. Thomas Monastery Church

The village of St. Thomas was mentioned for the first time in AD 973 under the name of Ernistburen, later Erlenburen. Its present name, it owes to the Monastery of St. Thomas, founded in 1185 by the Knight Ludwig of Deudesfeld in honor of St. Thomas of Becket. It was a (more…)

Our Lady’s Basilica in Avioth

Our Lady’s Basilica, Avioth, La Recevresse

I’ve crossed the French border twice – once from Belgian and once from the German side. Both times, the effect was striking. It was as if I have crossed an invisible barrier or directly a wall behind which there was an entirely different world. Everything was different – the atmosphere, and somehow even the air… When crossing the border for the second time, I decided that this „distinction in the air“ (it is quite difficult to explain that feeling) was due to the different pastel colors of the houses in France. (more…)

Orval

Abbey of Our Lady of Orval

A legend tells that Countess Mathilda of Tuscany dropped her wedding ring in the water while she was sitting on the edge of a fountain. After a long and fruitless search, she prayed to God and a trout emerged from the water with her ring in its mouth. (Today this is the symbol and coat of arms of the abbey). The Countess exclaimed: „Truly, this place is a Val d’Or“ (Val d’Or translated from the French means Golden Valley). And to express her gratitude, she decided to build a monastery on the spot.

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