The Basilica museum Saint-Willibrord of Echternach !!!

And let’s get you and I back to wonderful small pretty Luxembourg! Many memories of my road warrior trips zigzagging the country. One of the highlights was finally getting out of Luxembourg city and into the countryside. We visited Echternach and great times there. Let me tell you about its main thing to see me think and the town. The Basilica Museum of Saint Willibrord is awesome!

My dear late wife, Martine , love the road to travel as I and it is great pleasure to update this memorable post in my blog. Hope you enjoy it as I. I am recounting all the wonderful spots we have visited in the past.  We had decided to go further into Luxembourg rather than just visit the Capital city,and this is one of the town we decided to see coming from our base south of Trier, Germany.(see posts) It was a pleasant surprise and easy parking at the entrance of town.  We follow road 419 along the Moselle river crossing at Grevenmacher (see post) and going up along the other side of the river on the road 1/10 to Wasserbillig and then on the curve of the Sure river to the parking at Rue du Pont in Echternach.

Echternach is in the valley of the Sure on the frontier with the State of Rhineland Palatine of Germany, and known as the oldest town in Luxembourg. It is part of the region of Luxembourg known as the Little Swiss Luxembourgeois and part of the district of Grevenmacher in eastern Luxembourg. The town grew up around the walls of the Abbey of Echternach which was founded in 698 by Saint Willibrord an English monk from  Ripon in Northumbria i(in present-day  North Yorkshire England), who became the first bishop of Utrecht and worked to Christianize the Frisians. As bishop, he was the Echternach  monastery abbot  until his death in 739. It is in his honour that the notable Dancing procession of Echternahc takes place annually on Whit Tuesday.

Very old history, just to note ,in 1940 the nazis invaded the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to face later France and UK.  It is here that the 10th panzer division came thru with the objective of crossing the Meuse river to reach Sedan.

Some of the things to see are:

The hopping procession of Echternach is a religous procession very unique in many ways. It is at the origin of the history of the abbey of Echternach and its founder Saint Willibrord. It is an internatinal procession in honor of the Saint Willibrord because of the great number of pilgrims. The first mentioned of this procession dates from the end of the 15C.

There is the Roman town of Echternach it is witness to the presence of before the abbey of Echternach. The abbey belonged to Luxembourg with a Roman past. The origins Gallo Roman of Echternach discovered by work done on an artificial lake in 1975-1976. The Roman city is done on a central section of 118 meters by 62 meters and this central section is composed of a monumental room flanked by living spaces like kitchen and bedrooms. Around this central section you have roads taken you to a big triclinium and other to a spa  complex; and from here to the rustic part which was the economic zone that is symmetrically to the left and right of the ramparts walls on th south of the town; composed of at least ten buildings.

The Basilica of Saint-Willibrord was built in the 11C on the spot of a Caroligian Church of which she preserved the crypt. Destroyed in great parts in 1944 during the Battle of the Ardennes but later rebuilt on the identical. In the Crypt there is a neo gothic coffin on a sarcophagi in stone with the relics of Saint Willibrord. On hte vault there is in the choir paintings showing the scenes of teh life of the Virgin. There is a beautiful museum in the Abbey part of the building also the Basilica.  This is a site to be seen, a must me think!

Other things to see are the Market Cross, the Justice Cross or Johannes Bertels, the bridge, the lookout, ramparts on th south side of town ,and the old city center.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and it is worth it.

The city of Echternach on things to see:

The Echternach tourist office in English:

The Luxembourg tourist board on Echternach hopping processions as above:

The Luxembourg tourist board on Echternach Gallo Roman site:

The Luxembourg tourist board on Echternach Basilica Saint Willobrord

The Luxembourg tourist board on Echternach Abbey Museum:

There you go folks, hope you enjoy the post on Echternach, a nice town to visit in Luxembourg.  And remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

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