In the Basilica can be found remarkable religious and artistic objects dating several centuries.
In the altar rest the relics of Saint Ursula and Saint Thomas formerly embedded in the old altar from 1864.
The Nave and the southern and western transepts of St. Mary's Basilica were completed in 1864.
Master Vincenz Statz, from Cologne, was the one that made the plans.
The 90m tall tower was completed 20 years later.
The splendid St. Mary's Basilica was build between 1858 and 1864 and dominates the center of the city.
The Basilica is not only a point of attraction for the pilgrims coming to Kevelaer, but also for everybody visiting the town, as it can be seen right from the entrance.
Kevelaer is a small town located in the district of Kleve, Germany, near the border with Netherlands, and has around 28,000 inhabitants.
Despite its small dimensions, more than 800.000 pilgrims each year transform this pretty German town in the best visited Catholic pilgrimage location in north-western Europe.
Seing the town is quite small the church is ENORMOUS and there are two of them, but at night they are lit up and look stunning. One night though I was spooked cos as we walked past the church it was in complete darkness yet we both heard the organ playing!!!!!
Sounds a little sinister but the graveyard is absolutley lovely and a must for plant lovers. Beautifully kept graves and grounds and to top it all whilst we were there an outdoor service was being held and the people started to sing, it was quite an experience, if you go to Kevelaer look it up.
WE didnt go in the museum only because the weather was too good, but there was plenty to see outside in the grounds. Old fire brigade water pumps, horse drawn carriages with coffin!! plus you could look through the windows into old fashioned hairdressers, dentists, and houses, well worth a look, especially if you are there for longer than five days
There is a training track for pony and traps very near to Twisterden we went but unfortunatley they were not training that day. It is a must see even so. In the same park they are converting old "war bunkers" into private dwellings, the are beautiful, please see my travelleques for the full pictures, just needed to understand what the buildings used to house!!!
We saw a sign post for Plantaria, thinking it may be a garden centre type place we decided to take a look. What a suprise. It was a fantastic park with birds from all around the world, beautifully kept and obviousley well looked after. There was a childrens farm with piglets and goats, ducks and donkeys, calfs and chics. Wonderful landscape gardens with koi carp teeming in the waterways, black swans sat on the banks, it was a truely smashing day out. And to top it all when we got into the centre of the park there was a huge cafe selling ice creams and cakes to die for!!!! Yes your right i did have one...............
The holiest, the consecrated Eucharistic host, is displayed for adoration in the chapel by the entrance to the fountain courtyard. Please keep quiet.
The Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is located to the left side of the entrance to the Fountain Courtyard. These chapels are all at Kapellenplatz and can't be missed!
The Candle Chapel is the oldest pilgrimage church in Kevelaer - therefore most processions still continue to make a stop here.
The impressive colourful stained glass windows of the Basilica passed through different restructuring works, all aimed to match the original conception.
At the north side of the chapel is a window that allows the pilgrims to see the image of "Our Lady of Kevelaer" from the street side.
The catherine-wheel, which can be found in the northern transept, suffered of very bad damages in 1944.