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 Triumph of Christianity over Paganism’, the Belgian version of the fresco by Tommaso Laureti in the Hall of Constantine in the Palace of the Vatican – this is what the baptismal font in the Church of Aldringen actually Continue reading
After reading about the Divine Feminine, about all these significant Notre-Dame temples/temples dedicated to Our Lady, the ‘not accidental’ devotion of the ‘not accidental’ person Bernard of Clairvaux to Mary, and so on, I’m now looking at these temples with new eyes. Behind the figure of the Virgin Mary stands an ancient Continue reading
I had to visit the beautiful medieval castle village of Kronenburg twice. That was because the first time it was during the days of the Christmas market when the streets were filled up with people and I couldn’t see anything of the settlement but hardly passing each other people on the narrow, cobbled streets or drinking Glühwein around numerous tables.
The second time, it was a couple of weeks before the Christmas market, and the difference was Continue reading