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Sacre-Coeur

I haven't been able to find anything out about this church, but I wanted to draw attention to it because its interior really surprised me.

I came across whilst wandering and decided to have a look inside. The interior is very modern and I've discovered ( I think) that the building itself, despite appearances, only dates from the 1930s. I has some lovely stained glass and a most wonderful wall mural behind the altar, almost Byzantine in its conception.

I didn't feel comfortable exploring the interior too much: there were several people praying and I didn't want to disturb them. But, if you are passing, it really is worth having a look.

And if you read German better than my poor attempts, you can find a very detailed hisotry of the church on the website below.

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Feb 24, 2013

The most ancient thing I found.....

The wonderfully atmospheric Chapelle St- Quirin is cut into the rock face on the edge of the parkland around the river Alzette, accessed from both Rue du Prague and from the parkland below.

It certainly dates back to the 1300s, when the exterior wall was first built (1355) but it seems probable that it was a sacred site long before that (originally a cave, I imagine). The tourist office suggest it was used as an early Christian sanctuary during Roman times, and that makes sense to me. There is a natural spring nearby: holy, healing water on a sacred spot?

Saint Quirin of Nuss was patron saint of Luxembourg city between 1544 to 1666 and the chapel was long a place of pilgrimage and healing for his followers. As new churches were built in the city this tiny chapel fell out of use, though it still remains sanctified.

The chapel is only opened for specific groups of visitors (if you are desperate to visit it might be worth contacting the Luxembourg tourist Office to see what can be done) . But you can peer through the barred entrance to see much of the two rooms inside.

It's is a most atmospheric building and obviously one which is very ancient indeed. Well worth seeking out.

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Feb 24, 2013

Eglise de St-Jean-Baptiste, Grund

This church, with its tall spire, helps to 'make' the excellent photo opportunities of Grund which you can take from Vielle Ville. But I wonder how many people actually visit it?

It's part of the huge Neumunster abbey, which was founded in 1309. But the present church building dates from the rebuilding of both abbey and church in 1606. Changes in 1688 and 1705 completed the church's appearance in its present form.

The entrance portal is hugely elaborate, with almost-life-sized painted figures...and the interior has plenty of elaborate ornaments as well, although the walls and ceiling are fairly plain. The organ dates from 1710.

But the main feature of the church for many worshippers is a 'Black Madonna', kept in a barred side-chapel. It dates to the 1300s and is one of the most important religious icons in the country of Luxembourg.

It's worth popping in to see her if you are visiting Grund. You'll find the Eglise de St-Jean-Baptiste at the end of Rue Munster. If you're arriving on foot or by elevator from Haute Ville, cross the bridge and turn left along the river.

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Feb 24, 2013

Church of St. Peter and Paul

One afternoon we visited the Notre Dame cemetery to look for the grave of Wilhelm Voigt who became famous for the Captain of Köpenick (Hauptmann von Köpenick).

Unfortunately, we didn't find the grave on the large cemetery, but on leaving the ground we spotted the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Peter and Paul with its one golden and four blue domes. The Church belongs to the occidental diocese of Europe and is probably an unusual sight in Luxembourg

Directions:
The Church of St. Peter and Paul can be found just south of the Notre Dame cemetery.

Address: Church of St. Peter and Paul, 10 Rue J. P. Probst, 2352 Luxembourg

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Jan 22, 2008
 
 
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Church bell

As a bell ringer I am particularly interested in the church bells. At one time one of the 3 towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral had burned down. The bells had melted and produced no sound. One of the bells was put beside the church to remember that.

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Apr 04, 2005

St Michael Church


Saint Michael's Church
St Michael Church is one of the oldest buildings in city. The history of this church goes back one thousand year and during all those years it was built, renovated, destroyed and reconstructed many times. It was recently refurbished and one can see the reflections of Gothic and Baroque architecture.

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Jun 01, 2004

Again, Luxembourg is hardly on...

Again, Luxembourg is hardly on anyone's 'beaten path,' and if it is on your beaten path, you're going to want to see everything, so this category is kinda silly. Regardless, check out this church. This is St. Michael's Church, built in 987 AD. How's that for historical preservation? Of course, the current building isn't that old, what with the constant destruction of the city every time the Germans, French, Burgundians, English, or anyone else started getting feisty. It's still a nice building.

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Aug 24, 2002

The pope

We visited the Notre Dame on the day Pope John Paul II died. There was a photo of him in the church and many people came to pray for him.

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Apr 04, 2005

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