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    by christine.j Written Oct 9, 2007

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    The path leading up from the chapel to the spring is not very long, but it is quite steep. It was renamed Mary's Reflection Path. Some benches were put up and pictures showing the stations of the cross were erected. Even if you are not religious at all, it is a very nice path through the woods, wide enough to walk comfortably.

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    by christine.j Updated Oct 9, 2007

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    While lot of construction is being done around the chapel, parking lots, toilets etc, the inside hasn't changed too much. It's a quiet place for prayer. The plates and pictures thanking Mary were taken down, but will be put up again when the construction work is done.
    Inside the chapel you can see the statue of Mary, looking like the children in 1876 said she had appeared to them.

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    by christine.j Updated Oct 9, 2007

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    In the woods near Marpingen there is a spring whose water has been said throughout the centuries to cure all sorts of ailments. Close to the spring there is the chapel, dedicated to Mary. There are records from 17th century, showing that even before people had come there to pray to Mary. I suppose this had been a place of worship for the Celts, as many of their
    religious places were connected to springs. Their female godesses were then transformed into Mary by the Christian church.

    This is only my opinion, though, and not proven in any way.

    After the events of 1999 the spring was enclosed, a chapel was built around it and waterpipes were installed.

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