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The ‘Fischbach’ chapel by Mark Billiau.

The ‘Fischbach’ chapel


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13.02.2012 at 8:00h
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The ‘Fischbach’ chapel is located just at the edge of the vast and desolate swamps of ‘Hohes Venn’ (the greatest and oldest National Park of Belgium and the most unique nature biotope in the land).

Around 1808 there was a small and poor cottage on this place, the very only settlement in this forsaken area.
It was used as an inn and rest area for the stagecoaches between the then Prussia and Belgium.
A bell was rung frequently there by the innkeeper Michel Schmitz during heavy fog, to save the life of people that were travelling on foot through the swamps and had lost their way (wooden paths as nowadays didn’t exist yet and sadly but many people died at that time in the swamps).

The chapel itself was built next to the cottage in 1830 by order and gratitude of the rich industrial Henri-Toussaint Fischbach, whose father-in-law was saved around 1819 by the bell of the inn, after being totally lost in the swamps during a hunting trip.
A new larger bell and also a small lantern were installed on the chapel's roof.
From that moment on, the lantern was lit by the innkeeper every evening (until his dead in 1856).
Many lives were saved this way thanks to the light and bell of this ‘Fischbach’ chapel.

It’s a true story, not a legend.

Location : Baraque Michel (-16°)


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aline64, 13.02.2012 at 8:13h

Beaucoup de charme cette petite chapelle sous la neige, excellent ce shoot

Gisèle W., 13.02.2012 at 8:18h

Prachtig, zowel de foto als de text. Heel mooi en zo vredig !!
Groetjes, Gisèle

Josef Kainz, 13.02.2012 at 8:22h

Eine gute Aufnahme
vg josef

Sigrid E, 13.02.2012 at 8:22h

Eine sehr schöne kleine Kapelle in einem traumhaften Licht!!!

willy ombret, 13.02.2012 at 8:43h

très bonne photo joliment cadrée
très beau
willy ombret

Inge Stüwe, 13.02.2012 at 8:51h

Eine idyllische, kleine Kapelle, die Aufnahme gefällt mir großartig!
...besonders schön bei diesem blauen Himmel.
Liebe Grüße und eine schöne neue Woche

fotopeter45, 13.02.2012 at 8:53h

sometimes I ride on my bike to this point mark
after a log climb I finish here
have something to drink and ride back again

while I am writing this it starts snowing.
I'll stay inside today and enjoy the pictures like the one you show us.


s. sabine krause, 13.02.2012 at 10:03h

love the sturdiness, the reassuring warmth, the familiarity the little chapel radiates, even in the midst of its freezing winter surroundings! the grateful mr. fischbach succeeded in erecting a chapel that in its architecture expresses exactly what his father-in-law must have felt, when he was finally saved by the bell! a fascinating "feel-good" true story and a beautiful picture! love the shadowplay on the snowy roof! greetings, sabine.

Angelika El., 13.02.2012 at 10:33h

Ja, nun ist auch verständlich, warum der Turm, der mit dem prächtigen Hahn geschmückt ist, ein wenig an ein Leuchtfeuer auf einem Leuchtturm erinnert!
In dem feinen Sonnenlicht wirken die Bruchsteine ganz besonders schön in den Farben und sie wirken auch sehr plastisch!!!!
Mag auch den Bildschnitt, die Bildgestaltung hier sehr!

Angelika - komm gut durch die neue Woche!

jane B, 13.02.2012 at 10:55h

Hautes Fagnes Haute Belgique by jane B
Hautes Fagnes Haute Belgique
16.1.10, 15:03

Immer schön bei jeder Jahrzeit !
bravo Mark

Othmar W. Mayer, 13.02.2012 at 11:46h

A very beautiful shot with a commendable accompanying text.
Best regards

Norbert Kappenstein, 13.02.2012 at 12:07h

Ein sehr schönes, idyllisch gelegenes Motiv.
Gefällt mir sehr gut die Aufnahme.
LG Norbert

Claire Laira, 13.02.2012 at 12:58h

So silent and calm...
A fine winter impression!
Kind regards, Claire

Irbenika, 13.02.2012 at 13:45h

Thank you, Mark, for an interesting true story, accompanied by this wonderful photo of stone chapel!


Sylvia Schulz, 13.02.2012 at 13:51h

Ein hübsches Kirchlein und schön dazu die Legende
lg Sylvia

Jojo., 13.02.2012 at 14:47h

Bises- Jojo

Alfred Schultz, 13.02.2012 at 15:42h

A lighthouse with a bell in the swamps.
That's a good idea.
Nice, how you've positioned the chapel
in this picture.
Cheers - A.

Ryszard Basta, 13.02.2012 at 15:49h

wspaniale ujete

Vitória Castelo Santos, 13.02.2012 at 16:27h

eine wunderschöne Präsentation !!!!
lg Vitoria

Lady Edel, 13.02.2012 at 16:47h

Wundervolle Aufnahme.

K.-H.Schulz, 13.02.2012 at 17:40h

Eine sehr schöne Kapelle in einer sehr tollen Landschaft.
Gefällt mir sehr.

Vera M. Shulga, 13.02.2012 at 18:47h

Interesting story and very beautiful photo to it.

Markus 4, 13.02.2012 at 18:53h


BRYAN CRUTE, 13.02.2012 at 19:42h

Great looking place of worship, excellent composition in fine detail


Douglas Locke, 13.02.2012 at 21:21h

tolle Aufnahme, sehr romantisch, klasse

Adele Oliver, 13.02.2012 at 21:52h

A charming image of this little chapel nestled in the snowy woods - and quite the story attached to it. A lovely find on your swamp walk - beautifully photographed !!!
greetings, Adele

Leo_nid, 13.02.2012 at 22:33h

fine shot and story!

Angelika Ritter, 13.02.2012 at 22:48h

very nice photo.
the light is so nice.
lg angie

adriano j faria, 13.02.2012 at 22:53h

I love the the snow,and i love that shot !!!!!


Mauro Stradotto, 13.02.2012 at 23:25h

Una romantica rappresentazione dell'inverno,
un forte abbraccio,

TeresaM, 14.02.2012 at 19:55h

SUPERBE vision, Mark.
Une présentation qui me plait énormément.

Lawson McCulloch, 14.02.2012 at 21:02h

A fine shot of this beautiful little chapel along with the great information.
best wishes from Lawson.

odeveld219, 21.02.2012 at 19:05h

De kapel op de Baraque Michel staat er mooi op!

Brigitte Hoffmann, 21.02.2012 at 23:30h

Hallo Mark, ja ich kenne diese Ecke vom Hohen Venn und habe sie vor vielen Jahren lieben gelernt.
Dein Foto ist wieder mal Spitze!
Salut Brigitte

qRudi, 28.08.2012 at 10:02h

Eenvoud siert.

Herbinaux Daniel, 15.12.2012 at 11:24h

Un endroit que je connais bien

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