The extraordinary panorama with two fortified medieval castles – Niederburg and Oberburg – as a result of the notorious medieval history of the area, is the main attraction of Manderscheid. And although this is not my favorite type of tourist attractions, I had to visit at least one of them – the so-called Niederburg/the Lower Castle. Continue reading
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). Continue reading
Another curiosity (after Our Lady’s Basilica in Avioth), yet built in more recent times and without the slightest touch of mysteriousness, is the Church of the Redeemer in Mirbach, called also Eifeldom/ Cathedral of Eifel – an impressive monument in a little settlement with far less than 100 inhabitants (82). Continue reading
The name of Larochette Castle, or Burg Fels in German, derives from its location on a sandstone promontory above the small town of Larochette and means ‘rock’. Continue reading
The history of St. Trudpert’s Abbey in the Black Forest begun with a hermitage founded in AD 640 (or in AD 600) by the Irish missionary Trudpert who was killed 3 years later and canonized in the 9th century.
It is assumed that the first monastery was built on the spot of his burial in AD 815. Continue reading