I was so excited to visit the property of Godfrey of Bouillon, whose figure is wrapped in so many myths and mysteries. Well, what is true and what is false – we will never find out. As we’ve already seen, we don’t remember or truly understand our history from the past 100-200 years. Nowadays in Bulgaria, there are no longer any records about certain affairs from (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
“Vianden” derives from the Gallic word “vien”, which means “rocky”. That little town with less than 2000 inhabitants is in the warmer months so flooded with tourists or with just taking a walk neighbors from the neighboring Germany and Belgium, that people can hardly pass each other on the narrow pavements and would wonder in which densely populated city they have arrived.