Welchenhausen

Welchenhausen in Germany is located in such a place that across the Our River, on which it lies, is Oberhausen in Belgium. To the west is Luxembourg.

So, a short distance away is the Europe Monument located – a monument on three borders that crowns the three-country point where the borders of Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg meet.

Europadenkmal

The monument dates from 1977 and consists of 6 big stone boulders representing the 6 founder states of the EU, which I haven’t bothered to photograph because I don’t like this type of ‘places of interest’. I consider them, along with the war memorials, to be quite useless and being a blot on the landscape.

 

What Welchenhausen alone is world-famous for is the ‘Museum in the bus station’, known as the smallest art museum in the world.

Welchenhausen kleinste Museum

The Museum was established in 2002, and it exhibits the artworks of contemporary artists – from 6 countries yet. The idea arose because, in the settlement with less than 30 inhabitants, only one child had used the stop bus to go to school. Otherwise, it was unusable. Today, museum’s guests are people from Australia, the USA, and so on.

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An exhibit from 2013.

You can notice even on the streets that it is put great store by the art in that little village.

Welchenhausen Corneliuskapelle

The chapel, dedicated to the Pope Saint Cornelius, dates from 1686 when the area belonged to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and more precisely, to Spain. On both sides of the Baroque altar stand St. Cornelius and St. Lucy/Lucia from Syracuse (Source: the information plate of the church.) St. Lucia, the Lighting one (from luce – light), often depicted, like here, with a sword in her throat (the lives of the saints are an inexhaustible source of the most insane horror stories. If someone still believes in the good human nature, he has to read one of them), is venerated as a saint by the Catholics, as well as by the members of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Lutherans, and the Evangelists, on the 13th of December – the longest night after the Julian calendar. That’s why it is particularly venerated in the Scandinavian countries. In other words, here it is about the Christianized personification of the Light.

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