The Top Beautiful Churches And Cathedrals In Luxembourg City
is a tiny European
country bordered by Belgium
, and Germany
, a beautiful region boasting lush, dense forestry, majestic castles and astonishing architecture dating back hundreds of years. The captivating capital of Luxembourg City is famed for its fortified medieval old town perched on sheer cliffs and is regarded as the heart of the country. Here visitors can discover an array of religiously significant structures and churches, illustrating Luxembourg’s rich and varied past.
First founded as a Jesuit church, the Notre-Dame Cathedral
stands today as the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Luxembourg City and is the only cathedral in the entire country. Its cornerstone was laid when the late Gothic style of architecture was taking over Europe, and the influence of this form is seen here in the many pointed arches and ribbed vaults. The cathedral also features many examples of Renaissance architecture, and at the end of the 18th century, it received a ginormous and beautiful image of the Maria Consolatrix Afflictorum, the patron saint of both the city and the nation. Expanded in recent times, the Notre-Dame Cathedral houses the remains of several members of the Grand-Ducal family, including John of Bohemia, Marie-Adélaide the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, and Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium.
Also known as the Protestant Church, Trinity Church
has continually been used for Protestant purposes in Luxembourg City since 1817. The first chapel of the region was built on this spot in 1313 before being expanded and then destroyed, meaning this area was widely regarded as a sacred and holy site before the construction of Trinity Church began. Seized and used as a theater during the French Revolution, the building is an arresting and idyllic setting in which to relax, worship and explore, and features ornate fittings, beautiful stained glass windows, and a richly decorated entrance.
St. Peter and Paul Church
A truly unique architectural spectacle, St. Peter and Paul Church is the first Russian Orthodox Church in Luxembourg. Its unique exterior is characterized by the Orthodox tradition of vivid patterns and mixes neutral colors such as white with more stark, daring ones, including bright reds and bold blues. The gold and blue roof domes here feature ornate golden crosses, and the overall design draws on grand images of the Kremlin in Moscow. The church was built in 1979 at the request of Archbishop Anthony Bartoshevich and has been under the care of priest Sergey Pukh ever since.
Constructed on a site which was considered by the Romans to be a magical Christian sanctuary, Quirinus Chapel is set in an area which is not easily reachable, surrounded by dense forestry and rocky gorges. Since the 11th century the spot has been consecrated to Saint Quirin, and for over 800 years services have been held in the two caves of the chapel. Renowned as a mystical site, a rock source can be found here which, as local lore has it, exudes water with magical powers. The structure displays Gothic stylistic features and is partly hewn into the surrounding rock, adding to its spooky, other-worldly atmosphere. Erected in 1355, the roof and charming bell towers were added at the end of the 19th century.
Anglican Church of Luxembourg
Founded by a small group in 1956, the Anglican Church of Luxembourg
draws in a wide variety of worshippers from throughout the city of all ages and nationalities. The Anglican Church of Luxembourg is part of the wider Anglican Communion, and services and other activities are in English. It tries to express the depth and diversity of the Christian spiritual tradition, and all are welcome to every mass. Services include Holy Communion (said or sung) every Sunday morning, and Choral Evensong once a month.
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