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Mark Billiau.

Pro Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

The ‘Fischbach’ chapel

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°)

Comments 35

  • Herbinaux Daniel 12/15/2012 11:24

    Un endroit que je connais bien
  • qRudi 08/28/2012 10:02

    Eenvoud siert.
  • Brigitte Hoffmann 02/21/2012 23:30

    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
  • odeveld219 02/21/2012 19:05

    De kapel op de Baraque Michel staat er mooi op!
  • Lawson McCulloch 02/14/2012 21:02

    A fine shot of this beautiful little chapel along with the great information.
    best wishes from Lawson.
  • TeresaM 02/14/2012 19:55

    SUPERBE vision, Mark.
    Une présentation qui me plait énormément.
  • Mauro Stradotto 02/13/2012 23:25

    Una romantica rappresentazione dell'inverno,
    un forte abbraccio,
  • adriano j faria 02/13/2012 22:53

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

  • Angelika Ritter 02/13/2012 22:48

    very nice photo.
    the light is so nice.
    lg angie
  • Leo_nid 02/13/2012 22:33

    fine shot and story!
  • Adele Oliver 02/13/2012 21:52

    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
  • Douglas Locke 02/13/2012 21:21

    tolle Aufnahme, sehr romantisch, klasse
  • BRYAN CRUTE 02/13/2012 19:42

    Great looking place of worship, excellent composition in fine detail

  • Markus 4 02/13/2012 18:53

  • Vera M. Shulga 02/13/2012 18:47

    Interesting story and very beautiful photo to it.
  • K.-H.Schulz 02/13/2012 17:40

    Eine sehr schöne Kapelle in einer sehr tollen Landschaft.
    Gefällt mir sehr.
  • Lady Edel 02/13/2012 16:47

    Wundervolle Aufnahme.
  • Vitória Castelo Santos 02/13/2012 16:27

    eine wunderschöne Präsentation !!!!
    lg Vitoria
  • Ryszard Basta 02/13/2012 15:49

    wspaniale ujete
  • Alfred Schultz 02/13/2012 15:42

    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.
  • Jojo. 02/13/2012 14:47

    Bises- Jojo
  • Sylvia Schulz 02/13/2012 13:51

    Ein hübsches Kirchlein und schön dazu die Legende
    lg Sylvia
  • Irbenika 02/13/2012 13:45

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

  • Claire Laira 02/13/2012 12:58

    So silent and calm...
    A fine winter impression!
    Kind regards, Claire
  • Norbert Kappenstein 02/13/2012 12:07

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