Saturday, August 10, 2013

Basilica of Saint Servatius, Maastricht - NETHERLANDS

A few km after entering the Netherlands, my GPS warned me about the existence of a important religious building - I've decided to take a look and discovered the Basilica of Saint Servatius, built over the grave of this Armenian holy man. The main feature is of course the crypt (dated back to the 6th century), but my favorite part was the cloister court where I drank half a gallon of water while trying to get some fresh air on this very hot day.

Basilica of Saint Servatius, Maastricht - NETHERLANDS
 
The Basilica of Saint Servatius is a Roman catholic church dedicated to Saint Servatius, in the city of Maastricht, the Netherlands. The architecturally hybrid but mainly Romanesque church is situated next to the Gothic church of Saint John, facing the town's main square, Vrijthof. The present-day church is probably the fourth church that was built on the site of the grave of Saint Servatius, an Armenian missionary who was bishop of Tongeren and died allegedly in 384 in Maastricht.



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