Tag: pagan sanctuary

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…)

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 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…)

Clervaux/Klierf/Clerf

Castle of Clervaux

It’s weird when you visit one place and decide not to take photographs of it, not to have seen much things, worthy enough to be photographed. And one day you remember that you have been there, at this place, and yet you don’t have any pictures of it, or at least, not sufficient. And this place is very specific and interesting, just as so many other settlements in Luxembourg. Generally speaking, Luxembourg is (more…)

Parish Church of the Assumption, Neundorf/Pfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt

Parish Church of the Assumption, Neundorf

On the track of the former pagan places of worship

Another village church, another site with interesting history. Neundorf was first mentioned in AD 888 as Nova Villa – a Frankish Königshof (royal palace). The church was first mentioned in 1130 and its tower is still preserved from that time. (more…)

Maldingen and Aldringen

Church of St. John the Baptist, Maldingen

Not far from Thommen are the villages of Maldingen and Aldringen located – two other ancient settlements. The place names with the suffix -ingen had emerged between the 4th and the 8th century, therefore these were ones of the oldest arising settlements and were known as early as the (more…)

Thommen

Thommen Watermill

Thommen’s forgotten history…

Thommen is a settlement with a very long history, mentioned for the first time in a document from AD 814 as Tumbas, indicating the tumuli nearby. There is historical evidence that it has been existed as early as the 4th century, therefore this is one of the oldest settlements in (more…)

Görresburg, Nettersheim

Görresburg, Nettersheim

I’ve already mentioned the cult of the Matrons or the Three Goddesses twice, but I decided that Nettersheim is the right place where you can get a clearer notion of them.

In fact, Nettersheim, or more precisely, Görresburg is only one of the several sanctuaries, located in a straight, 44-kilometer-long line.

Whether this is related to the sanctuaries in Greece located in a strict geometrical dependence, described in „Odyssey of the Gods“, by Erich von Däniken (and not only)?

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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…)

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…)