In 1654 the Chapel of Grace was built over the shrine to protect the sacred image and give it a worthy home. The small but richly decorated hexagonal building was designed after the model of the pilgrimage chapel in Scherpenheuvel in Belgium. The altar inside was consecrated in 1663. The chapel is a little gem of Dutch renaissance. The image...more
St Antonius has been the parish church of the town since the 15th century. It is dedicated to Saint Antonius the Abbot whose statue is standing in front of the church. Due to misfortune the church burnt down to the foundations in 1982. Afterwards it was rebuilt after new plans which adopt the general shape and elements of the old church but give it...more
Tauf- und Beichtkapelle – The chapel in Fountain Courtyard served for the sacraments of baptism and confession. Many of the personal miracles of Kevealer happen here, where people are relieved of their burdens after confession their guilt and being granted absolution. Compared to the other churches this one is rather plain, on purpose. This is a...more
In 1987 Pope John Paul II visited Kevelaer to participate in a church congress and to pray at the pilgrimage sites. An ancient liturgy requires him to knock at the door of the church with a hammer to be let in. The bronze side door of the basilica shows this scene.A special stamp with the image of the Madonna and the buildings of Kevelaer has been...more
The two small chapels soon were too small for the numbers of pilgrims that visited Kevelaer. In the mid-19th century the construction of a much larger new church was planned. Vincenz Statz, cathedral architect in Cologne, designed the big church and the complex of small chapels around the fountain courtyard. The foundation stone was laid in 1858....more
To take care of the pilgrims, the Bishop of Roermont sent Oratorian Patres from Scherpenheuvel to Kevelaer in 1646. A year later a monastery and parsonage was built for them next to the shrine, now called Priesterhaus. The Priests’ House in Chapel Square is the pilgrimage centre, accommodation for groups and information office.more
Pilgrimages to the shrine with the little image of the Madonna set in immediately in 1642. Eight healings were reported already in the first year. In 1643 the construction of the first pilgrimage church the Chapel of the Candles, was begun and completed within two years. In this church the pilgrims celebrate mass and offer big candles. Most...more
Last october they had a special exhibition of Playmobil! A whole collection of normal playmobil through the years, so you were able to see the developement in this beautiful quality toy. Drawings of the products. Special advertising items etc. A children's playarea. Playmobil was only a temporary exhibition, but the rest of the museum is also worth...more
A nice thing to do is walking around Kapellenplatz where all pelgrims walk from chapel to chapel lighting candles!I allways wonder: What are people expecting from these pelgrimages? For themselves? For the world?Will you become a better person of it?I must honoustly say I don't know I only visited because of the playmobil exhibition in the local...more
In Kevelaer, the faithful of all ages, both men and women, those seeking enlightenment and those in desperation, those acting out of belief and out of trust, all come to her. Shepherds and their flocks gather around her image, which is unusually close to them all, virtually close enough to touch. This chapel is very small, but still you can make a...more
Hotel is to be recommended very much a tasty one clarifies room favourably have breakfast and only...more
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All around the Basilica there are a lot of shops selling small souvenirs, from rosaries to statues, icons or pictures with John Paul II or Benedict IX.
The prices tend to be higher than in other places, but a gift from Kevelaer will always be appreciated.
With not being able to speak any German we could not understand the srvices held nearly every day in the town square. for one reason or another, then on Sunday the whole town came out to church, lots of processions and singing and candle lighting, we felt a little out of it as we did not understand what was actually happening. Great to watch though. With many of the men wearing colourful outfits with large hats covered with feathers!!
A great find, a little book called Point It. The idea for the book is as simple as it is brilliant. Besides toothbrush, passport and creditcard POINT IT should belong to the standard equipment of every traveller.
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Weeze airport is just one village and a few kilometres away from Kevelaer. In case you need a place to stay near the airport, there is more or less nothing in Weeze itself but next-door Kevelaer has much more to offer, both in terms of things to see and also accommodation and restaurants – a place that receives hundred thousands of visitors per...more
“Keh-ve-lahr” is the correct pronunciation. In this case the “ae” does not mark an Umlaut, as it usually does in German, but the extra e serves to prolong the “a” sound – a particularity of the dialects on the lower Rhine and in Westphalia which are closely related to the Dutch language. (Most Germans from other regions are confused by this, too.)more