Manderscheid

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

Klausen Pilgrimage Church/Parish and Pilgrimage Church of the Visitation of Mary, Klausen

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

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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