Tag: hermitage

Ferschweiler Plateau, part 2

Fraubillen Cross, Ferschweiler Plateau

Hiking in nature is not my type of adventures, but if it comes to an area with so densely located monuments of different kinds as the Ferschweiler Plateau, I am ready to walk kilometers long and bear up against the muscle pain during the next couple of days with stoicism.

The first thing that I’ve came across (more…)

Parish Church of St. Laurentius/St. Laurentius Pfarrkirche, Mackenbach

Parish Church of St. Laurentius, Mackenbach

The Parish Church of St. Laurentius is one of the only three buildings that the settlement of Mackenbach consists of. It is a 15th-century temple with a long pilgrimage history related to the medieval hermit St. Lukerus who built a Klause (hermitage – see here) near the former church and his relics were buried in the temple. (more…)

St. Martin’s Church, Hachiville/Helzen/Helzingen

St. Martin’s Church, Hachiville

Maybe I will never have the chance to visit the pilgrimage site Helzer Klaus, because it was closed at the time I went to the St. Martin’s Church in Hachiville, but I want to show you this church though, and its great treasure.

Helzer Klaus was once a pagan place of cult dedicated to a spring goddess, later converted to the cult of the Virgin Mary. And in 1474, it became a Christian pilgrimage site (there is no surprise here. See: (more…)

Wallerode and Meyerode

Castle of Wallerode

A castle and a church – these are the two main buildings that usually shape the appearance of one Belgian village (bear in mind that Belgium is one of the countries or the country with the highest density of castles per square kilometer.) Even when their history was getting long lost over the centuries. (more…)

Klausen Pilgrimage Church/Parish and Pilgrimage Church of the Visitation of Mary, Klausen

Klausen Pilgrimage Church

The history of the Pilgrimage Church of the Visitation in Klausen, or Eberhardsklausen, is similar to that of the Abbey of Mariawald. In 1440, a poor man named Eberhard just placed a Pièta in one hollow tree. He then built a Klause (a German word for ‘a hermitage’, where obviously also the name of the settlement derives from). (more…)

Chapel of St. Bartholomew, Wiesenbach

Chapel of St. Bartholomew, Wiesenbach

On the track of the Knights Templar – part 1

I want to show you one simple place, yet at the same time, a place of great sacral importance. Because just as the Grail of Indiana Jones wasn’t gold and jeweled, but was just a simple clay cup, the most valuable things aren’t shiny and do not catch the eye.

In the guide-book of the East Cantons in Belgium, by Jean-Marc Gay and Jean-Marc Huygen, the Chapel of St. Bartholomew in Wiesenbach is defined as one of the most significant treasures of (more…)