The history of the Roman-Catholic Saint Michael's Church (Église Saint-Michel) dates back to 987 when a castle chapel was located on the same site.
The current structure is from 1688. Due to its turbulent history the church combines various architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque.
Saint Michael's Church is located in the Fish Market area of Luxembourg's upper town.
I managed, quite inadvertently, to find the oldest religious site in Luxembourg city as I was walking towards the Bock and its casemates.
Eglise St Michel stands on the site of a previous church built in 987 as the chapel for the Count of Luxembourg's castle. Obviously, over the succeeding centuries, the building has been changed, restructured and remodelled many times.
Although the building you see today dates from 1519 (and was fully restored in the 1980s). I am certain that some of the earlier building's stonework was used...you can see it exposed on one of the interior walls. You can also, very faintly, see the remains of an early Medieval fresco painted on those much earlier walls.
I liked the interior very much. It had a sense of age which I'm afraid the Cathedral Notre Dame simply does not. I particularly liked the stained-glass...modern, but beautifully-created.
The church is open every day from 1000-1700 with Sunday mass at 1100 and 1500.
Well worth seeking out....
Perhaps the most striking visual image to be discovered in Luxembourg City is the view of the Grund (the lower town) and especially the beautiful church of St. Jean Baptiste from the hills above. It's a fairly simple structure architecturally and the interior is not extraordinary. You'll find a slightly over-the-top high altar and a black Madonna in a side altar, but otherwise it's quite ordinary. However, the physical setting along the river Alzette is very appealing.
The église Saint-Michel is one of the most ancient religious places in the city.
Count Sigefroi had a chapel built in 987 where the present church is located. The church was destroyed and rebuilt, changed and enlarged many times in the centuries. Its present feature dates back to 1688.
The church was restored in 1960 and 1980; due to its history, it presents elements of romanic, gothic and baroque architecture.
A famous chorale performs concerts in this church.
Saint-Michel is open daily from 10 to 12 am and from 2 to 6 pm, except during celebrations. The entrance is free.
If you do not know exactly where to look for this tiny chapel, it is a little tricky to find. The fact that St. Quirin chapel was built into the rock of the Petrusse valley makes it not only special per se but also hard to find. The chapel was consecrated in 1355 which makes it Luxembourg’s oldest surviving church. The spot has most probably been a place of worship since Roman times. Some basic refurbishment took place in the 19th century. Some medieval figures have been preserved inside the building.
Today, the chapel is rarely used and usually closed to visitors. However, you can easily peek into it and get a feeling of what a mess or a prayer in this little building was like. The chapel is not very easy to find and though very centrally located, you may need to ask for directions.
The current building dates back to 1730, but predecessor buildings can be dated back to 1333. The crypt (not open to public) and the altar (now moved to St. Michel’s church) are two of very few remains of the old building. When the Nassau-Willenburg – family took over the throne in Luxembourg, it became the main church of the protestant community. This is represented through an own gallery for the archducal family. The interior is dominate by neogothic forms and the organ which was restored in 1998.
I was walking around the city, and sadly the rain was falling even more heavily than when I arrived at the main railway station. I came across the church and was able to get inside to escape the weather.
I sat inside and warmed up a little - it was indeed peaceful.
Down in the gorge, this wee church was carved directly into the rock face. It's so small there are only five or six pews, and the pulpit is actually outside the church. You can't go in, but you can see everything from the gated doorway.
This wonderfully light church is caracterised by southern Dutch/Flemish architecture. The lightness comes from the use of alabaster.
One of the oldest structures in Luxembourg, this church was founded in 987. The current structure was built in 1688