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Kapelle Harlingen – Harlingen Chapel

Baroque gem on the Bietzerberg

Preservationists and architectural historians consider the Baroque pilgrimage chapel of the Holy Virgin Mary in Harlingen to be one of our most valuable historic monuments and the most important Baroque village church in Saarland. The building is attributed to the well-known Trier architect, Christian Kretzschmar, who also designed various secular and sacred buildings in the area (Staadt-Marx town house, Halfenhaus, Holy Cross Chapel) and important buildings elsewhere in Saarland (Mettlach Benedictine Abbey, numerous buildings in Trier). The architecture strongly resembles the Baroque St. Paulinus Church in Trier.

Of particular importance in terms of art history is the Gothic statue of a sitting Madonna with child (from around 1430) that dominates the sanctuary. Also extremely significant for art historians were the rococo stuccoes in the interior, whose vibrancy and expressiveness made them some of Saarland’s most beautiful works of this type. However, they were unfortunately destroyed at the beginning of the 1950s during extensive renovation works to repair war damage. The modern stations of the cross by Saarbrücken painter and sculptor Ernst Alt provide a contemporary interpretation of the passion story.


Kapelle Harlingen – Harlingen Chapel
Turmstraße 5
66663 Merzig-Harlingen

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