Grevenmacher, a church and statues!!!

In while traveling in our road warrior trips into Luxembourg from Germany where we were base in Trier,(see posts), we came to this wonderful small town of Grevenmacher. You can see my other post on the winery, this one is on the other things to see in the pretty town.  The town is about 25 km from Luxembourg city. Its name is made up of the Latin word Maceria (old walls) and the word of Germanic origin Greven (Grafen, in German, which means counts), following the transformation of the village of Macher by Count Henry V the Blond into a imposing fortress in the 13C.

We love to roam and find beautiful places such as this one, so therefore, let me tell you a bit more on Grevenmacher of Luxembourg!  We took a long walk in Grevenmacher and passed by the Decanal Church St Laurent  15 Rue de L’Eglise as well as the pretty fountain of the singer at place de l’Hôtel de Ville , the vines fountain, and nice streets, as well time to have lunch. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Grevenmacher Parish Church, dedicated to the Roman deacon and martyr Saint Laurent, deanery church from 1820 to 2017 and national monument since 2017, has a long and eventful history. The nave, erected by the Cistercian abbey of Clairefontaine in 1782, has undergone several transformations and renovations thereafter several times. You can admire monumental stained glass windows from the 1950s, a 1983 Westenfelder organ attached to the watch tower, and many others. works of art. The four bells of the tower Laurentius I, Donatus, Maria, Laurentius II, and the smaller one Nicolas in the roof frame above the altar also tell stories. For example, the “fire bell” (Laurentius I) was recast in 1824 from the metal of the bell that had melted during the fire of 1822. One enters the church through this imposing watch tower with massive walls, which once protected the citizens of Grevenmacher when danger threatened, and which sometimes also served as a prison. The old watchtower dates from the 12C. It is 26 meters high and the thickness of its walls varies from 1.50 to 1.80 meters. It is located exactly in the middle of the old fortified enclosure.

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The pulpit (lectern) It forms a harmonious whole with the altar, the baptistery and the tabernacle. The polychrome pattern of the vine, in agreement with the wine-growing region in which Grevenmacher is located, is particularly striking. The pattern of the vine also adorns the organ buffet. The baroque and colored stone relief of the crucifixion on the left front side wall, on which the crucifixion scene is depicted with the silhouette of a city in the background, dates from the early 17C and is of great importance in terms of art history. The stone pulpit with its colorful decoration depicting the four evangelists with their attributes dates back to the late 17C. Access to the pulpit, which is guarded by baroque angels, is only possible from the sacristy.

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The high-quality monumental and figurative ensemble of stained glass windows in the nave was commissioned from Camille Croat in the late 1950s with saints whose veneration is related to the history of the parish respectively of the Moselle region. Since the end of 2012, a special ceramic “path of salvation” has adorned the side walls of the nave. It represents the “story of salvation” created by the French Benedictine nun Mercedes Cailleteau, from the Garden of Eden to the life and death of Jesus and the rediscovery of paradise. 

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Standing proud at the foot of the above church, at the entrance to the pedestrian area in Grevenmacher is the statue of Blannen Theis.  it depicts the travelling singer and his dog. This illustrious figure, baptised Mathias Schou, was born on 30th March 1747 in Grevenmacher. He was blind or visually impaired, hence the name ‘de blannen Theis’.  This monument has almost become iconic for this city by the Moselle river.  He travelled from village to village and serenaded the locals at markets, marriages or fairs with his violin and organ grinder. He was always accompanied by his wife Margaretha Kummer, called Mimi Gréit. Following her death, he was joined on his travels by his second wife Barbara Kremer, called Bärbel and his dog. During the musical performances at village festivals, Mathias Schou was the first to sing folk songs in Luxembourgish local language. The minstrel of Grevenmacher died penniless in the village of Eich, located just outside Luxembourg city in 1824. The only image of Mathias Schou is a drawing in pencil, which belongs to the National Museum of History and Art (MNHA). This drawing was also portrayed on a stamp issued by the Post Office.

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The Prosteneek, where the main roads Trèves-Thionville and Trèves-Luxembourg once crossed, takes its name from the first store, which the current firm Mathis Prost opened there in 1847. The Kondschafter are a work of the sculptor Guy Charlier , inspired by a motif by the Moselle painter Jean-Pierre Beckius. These ambassadors praised Moselle wine and its festivals in Grevenmacher.

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And of course, time to eat as already been on the roads a while and we sat in Grevenmacher to eat. We had our brunch/lunch at La Belle Pierre, 15 Route de Thionville, a nice resto of excellent food at greater good prices. menu at 9,90€! and a nice beer Diekirch of Luxembourg.  We had lasagna dishes, and I had the menu of entrée of shrimp and fusilli  bolognaise with dessert of vainilla custard, and it was just right. In a very nice bright clean modern ambiance .Sadly, the restaurant has closed, another of the virus victims; here just for the family memories.

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The Luxembourg tourist office on the St Laurent Church :https://www.visitluxembourg.com/fr/the-parish-church-of-st-laurent

The Grevenmacher tourist office on its history :https://visitmaacher.lu/en/history/

The city of Grevenmacher things to see :https://grevenmacher.lu/sites-touristiques/

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my road warrior ways of Europe. My sentimental memorable Luxembourg of so many family trips, and a real gem find of Grevenmacher. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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