The Basilica 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 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.

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!




The city of Echternach on things to see:

The Echternach tourist office in English:

The Luxembourg tourist board on Echternach Basilica Saint Willobrord

There you go folks, hope you enjoy the post on Echternach, and its wonderful Abbey St Willibrord, worth a detour in Luxembourg.  And remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

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