Bastogne

Bastogne is mainly famous for its military history during the World War II – for the Siege of Bastogne in December 1944, part of the so-called Ardennes Offensive Operation. That’s why its tourist attractions are for the most part of military nature – War Museums, memorials, and War Cemetery. That explains the very few photographs made by me in this town, and yet this is exactly what determines its tourist attractivity.

The area was initially inhabited by the Belgic tribe Treveri (whom I mentioned in the publication about Trier). The name of the town was first mentioned in written form in 634 when it was added to the territories of the Abbey of St. Maximin in Trier – one of the oldest monasteries in Europe, built in the 4th century. Later, it passed to the Abbey of Prüm. Afterwards, it belonged to Luxembourg and to the Spanish crown.

The history of St. Pierre/St. Peter’s Church can be traced back through many centuries. Its oldest preserved parts date from the 9th century. In the 15th century, it was entirely reconstructed, and then it became its present Gothic appearance.

The polychromatic decorations of the vaults date from 1536 and depict scenes from the Old and New Testament as well as the figures of various saints.

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The decorations of the north aisle.Saint Pierre Bastogne Seitenaltar (2)

 

 

 

 

The side altar is from 1762.

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The Baroque pulpit from the 18th century was crafted by the Bastogne sculptor Jean-Georges Scholtus (1680-1754). I explicitly mention this name, as I’m soon going to show his masterpiece in St. Pierre/St. Peter’s Church in Beho.

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The crucifixion is interesting. To the right below is Saint Peter.

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I like this type of houses, distinguishing clearly themselves from the living houses of the common people.Bastogne (2).jpg

The internationality of Western Europe – the Italians are everywhere. It always does my heart good to see them anywhere in Europe. Especially when it goes about Fellini too…

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Another ‚Italian‘ shot.

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And I’m concluding with one poster – an ardent appeal against the alcoholism in the café where I ate crêpes with cream and had a cup of coffee.

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