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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.
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.
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!