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European Memory of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg – III Koerich

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Michel Thomas-Penette

10 April 2007

Since the 18th century, the Saint-Remi Church in Koerich has been regarded as "pulcherrima totius patriae ecclesia" (the most beautiful in the country). A local expression of rural Baroque linked to a great European Empire.

Cities: Luxembourg-City, Koerich, Redange-sur-Attert, Colpach, Esch-sur-Sûre, Wiltz, Clervaux, Vianden, Diekirch, Mersch, Larochette, Bourglinster, Junglinster, Echternach, Rosport, Wasserbillig, Grevenmacher, Wormeldange, Remich, Schengen, Mondorf-les-Bains, Esch-sur-Alzette, Dudelange
Department: Luxembourg
Region: Luxembourg
Country: Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg

  Religious Heritage in Koerich

Leave Luxembourg City towards the west, in the direction of Strassen.

Follow Boulevard Royal for 400m and then turn right to follow the N6 (Avenue Emile Reuter) for 3km.

Take the slip road on the right onto the A6 (E25) and follow it for 10km towards Arlon/Bruxelles.

At the first exit, take the N6 again towards Capellen – which you will pass through– until taking right at the crossroads for the N13, which should be followed for 1km. Then take the CR110 (Rue de Koerich). Stay on the CR110 and you will reach Koerich after about 2km.

Since the 18th century, the Saint-Remi Church in Koerich has been regarded as "pulcherrima totius patriae ecclesia" (the most beautiful in the country).

It is a sanctuary where architecture, sculpture and painting mutually complement each other and create a harmonious masterpiece, bearing witness to the rustic baroque.

The Church was recently restored (1992) and is today the result of half a millennium of transformations, additions and creations.

In all of Europe, the Counter-Reformation in a rural context is represented through sculpture and painting. It is an unknown baroque, more modest, but nevertheless full of grace. It may also be found in the medium-sized towns of Central Europe and the Lithuanian countryside.

In Luxembourg, the disturbances of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) pushed back the construction of the most beautiful buildings to the 18th century, after the accession of the Hapsburgs of Austria in 1714. This is a period that Alex Langini refers to as a ‘golden era for national history’.

The choir stalls (1755) are the work of the sculptor André Doyé of Diekirch and the master carpenter Frédéric Biver, who was from Koerich itself. However, the décor and fittings will be continuously renewed, without changing the original design.

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