Other monuments of the Trier-Saarburg!!

And again updating these older posts of our family trip to Germany which was as usual for us a memorable trip. The boys decided to go to Germany for some reason, and we were stuck with trying something different than our beloved Spain. We headed by car ,rented a house in Trier, and went out in our road warrior mode all over the western part of Germany. It was awesome! Let me update for you and me our trip to see off the beaten paths areas and other monuments of the Trier-Saarburg area!!

I am coming back to Germany to tell you about some interestings monuments -churches in small towns along my road warrior ways. We drove all over western Germany ,especially along the border with France and Luxembourg. Great rides!!!  Let me tell you about some other monuments in the lovely towns of Ayl, Ockfen, Schoden, and Wiltingen all in the district of Trier-Saarburg and the State of Rhineland-Palatinate!  These are the towns you yearned to visit off the beaten path country towns with nice monuments to boot.

Ayl is a village located in the district of Trier-Saarburg, in the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. Its estimated population is at 1558 inhabitants. It is located west of the State, near the city of Trier, on the banks of the Moselle river, one of the main tributaries of the Rhine river, and the border with Luxembourg.  Here rising in the country side over vineyards you come to see the great spiral of St. Bartholomäus Church.  The nave construction, round arch style, from 1845/48, and the renovations and rectory  from 1873/74. There is a Catholic club and youth house from 1929/33.

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The official parish of Ayl on the church in German: http://www.pfarrgemeinde-ayl.de/

The Saar Obemosel tourist office on Ayl in German: https://www.saar-obermosel.de/suche?tx_solr%5Bq%5D=ayl

The Mosel tourist board on Ayl in German: https://www.mosel.de/region/orte/details/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=14&cHash=8acf7f4f30cebced71edd10921328dbb

Wiltingen am Saar belongs to the town of Konz.  It is located about 9 km southwest of Trier on the lower Saar.  Wiltingen has an old St. Martin’s Church in the center of the village, which is already known as the Mother Church in 1030. It belonged to the Abbey of St. Mary in Trier.  The present St Martin’s Church was built in 1909/10. In addition to the magnificently carved high altar of 1910, there are several old depictions of the patron Saint of the  in the church, such as a keystone of 1590 or the part of a stone altar around 1630. A wooden figure on the high altar shows the St. Martin as Bishop: Guardian and Teacher of Faith in His time as today.

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The town of Wiltingen am Saar on its heritage in German: https://www.wiltingen.de/unser-dorf/ortsgeschichte/

The Saar Obemosel tourist office on Wiltingen in German: https://www.saar-obermosel.de/suche?tx_solr%5Bq%5D=wiltingen

The Mosel tourist board on Wiltingen in German: https://www.mosel.de/region/orte/details/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=133&cHash=84cbde1e1ff813114316909aa9ffb0ee

Ockfen was first mentioned in 975 in a document by the Archbishop of Trier, Thierry I, as Occava in possession of the abbey of Saint Martin in Trier.  The St Valentin Church at an exposed location 1904-1906 ,the neo-Gothic step hall, was picturesquely composed. Part of the structure inserted into the slope, which sloping sharply to the south, it was additively assembled. The plain construction with sandstone elements and slate fragment insertions ,and moving slate covered rooftop.

The Church of St Valentin, which approaches the floor plan of the cross form, consists of a main nave and narrowly spreading side aisles. The tower builds over a side nave lean on the south side. An overcrowded widening on the side nave gives the exterior building the accent of a cross-ship. In the Tympanum, a three-quartered crucifix deposited by vines. The tower is significantly highlighted with an octagonal staircase.  The interior is on massive round pillars cross rib vaults. The furnishings mainly from the construction period, such as the high altar, the baptism and the pulpit. The original tile floor is also preserved. The left side altar on the side of the choir is the Chapel with Queen of Heaven under a canopy. In the left aisle arm, the late Gothic wooden figure of the patron Saint of the Church from around 1500.  After severe damage in 1945, the Church of St Valentin was restored. The Church merging with the place and the landscape. The protected environment encompasses the rectory, built in 1914 and now modified a simple palm-roof building.

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The town of Ockfen on the church in German: http://www.ockfen.com/st_valentin.htm

The Mosel tourist board on Ockfen in German: https://www.mosel.de/region/orte/details/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=101&cHash=03509a68fdcf0c04fc4b7fb3e0d5ccc6

Schoden belongs to the town of Saarburg-Kell. The village is located directly on the lower Saar. Viticulture is practiced on the rising slopes. From 18 July 1946 to 6 June 1947 Schoden, formed part of the Saar Protectorate. Partitioned from Germany after its defeat in WWII; it was administered by the French Fourth Republic. On rejoining, West Germany in 1957, it became the smallest area state in the Saarland, not counting the city states of Berlin, Hamburg, and Bremen. It is named after the Saar River.

The Church St Paul, built in 1842, is in the tradition of plain chapels in Trier. The three-sided choir end meets the Romanesque east tower of the Church. The two-story tower of the 12C under the roof of the tent set the eaves for the Church hall.  The tower, which is visible from the choir tower and then included as a sacristy in the new Church, shows round-board sound windows. The new Church of St Paul is done  in classicist style, accentuated by a single-neat arched window.  The neo-Gothic roofer, destroyed in 1945, replaces a simple, boxy structure. The wooden gallery is from around 1900. The neo-Gothic high altar with the paintings referring to the patron Saints of the Church work of art depicting Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene after His Resurrection and the leyend of St Paul. There is a crucifixion group from the neoclassical secondary altars of around 1900.  The two-story tower of the 12C under the roof of the tent set the eaves for the church hall.  The simple gable front is enriched on both sides of the portal by the monuments to the fallen of WWI and WWII. On the left, including the relief of a Cross, an arch artificial stone pedicel with contemporary ornamentation of 1923.

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The Saar Obemosel tourist office on Schoden in German: https://www.saar-obermosel.de/suche?tx_solr%5Bq%5D=schoden

The Mosel tourist board on Schoden in German: https://www.mosel.de/region/orte/details/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=113&cHash=b30b6623c2a4758f33d77bfd928c5683

This is one site in German I gather most of the detail information on the above towns as on site there was little to have. The Dekanat or Décanat in French is a religious residence of a dean. All towns are there under “pfarreiengemeinsch”. webpage: http://www.dekanat-konz-saarburg.de/html/pfarreiengemeinschaften.html

There you go folks, splendid car ride or even by bike (more strenous) we rode all over these towns and it was lovely to go out and come back in each day. The picturesque small towns was great for the bread, the snack and the visit to the Other monuments of the Trier-Saarburg district, in the Rhineland-Palatinate State! Hope you have enjoyed the ride!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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