Tag: Order

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 (more…)

Eupen

Eupen Town Museum

Eupen is another story. And now I can show you the architecture and all, and you can decide for yourself. Nevertheless, I cannot say I like this city. It’s a bit too plain, cold and not interesting. Well, maybe this feeling is because of the acquaintances I’ve made in this town.

Mentioned for the first time in 1213, Eupen is the biggest city and capital (more…)

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…)

Modave Castle/Château de Modave

Modave Castle

Let’s drop the religious stuff for a while and enjoy the remarkable Modave Castle – my favorite Belgian castle. Modave Castle is such a hidden pearl that deserves even a second visit so that I could this time have the chance to listen more attentively to the audio-guide and to the historical facts about it instead of only taking photographs. (more…)

Roth an der Our

Roth Castle

On the track of the Knights Templar – part 3

While Ouren lies on the Our River near the Belgian-German-Luxembourg border on Belgian territory, Roth an der Our stands a bit lower on the map, again exactly on the German-Luxembourg border (the river marks that border) on German territory and 2 km. away from the ‘knight town’ of (more…)

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Ouren

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Ouren

On the track of the Knights Templar – part 2

Even though there is only one place that is officially linked to the Knights Templar, and it is on German territory, a great number of legends circulate in the surrounding area – South East Belgium – as well (and I believe that where there’s smoke, there’s fire), referring to numerous Templar castles and monasteries vanished overnight into thin air after the dissolution of the Order; to buried church bells and treasures that no one could find to this very day; and also to extremely heavy chests that had been found, but then they had  (more…)

Tongeren

Ambiorix, Tongeren

I am beginning the series „oldest cities“ (not some of the oldest but the oldest). I just feel that I can’t continue showing unpopular places in these three countries – Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany (for Germany it will be part II), if I don’t show now its origins, so to speak.

So, Tongeren in the Flemish Region of Belgium is the oldest city in that country, founded by (more…)