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Indian Forest


The Trinitarians built THE TRINITARIAN CHURCH with its two naves and its splendid Gothic vaults in 1248; they had been summoned to Vianden by Count Henry I, whose father had been freed from Saracen captivity by Trinitarians during the Crusades. The Trinitarian Church was consecrated in 1252.

Above the entrance-portal of the church there is a very beautiful statue representing the Virgin Mary and the Child; it dates from the 14th century and bears marks of the art of Lorraine. The Trinitarian church was restored after a great fire in 1498. The maintenance of the left nave was a duty that fell on the parishioners, whereas the right nave was looked after by the monks, who had an asymmetrical church-choir, built in the right nave; the construction of this choir had unfortunately not been financed by the bourgeoisie.

The altar of the Blessed Sacrament, built in Renaissance style and situated on the left side of the church, was made in the workshop of the famous artist Ruprecht Hoffmann of Trier in the 15th century. The main altar, built in the Rococo Style and situated on the right in the choir, was built about 1758 by the Vianden artists Daleyden and Goldschmit; the statue of God the Father is the work of the Vianden sculptor Andre Fischer. The dorsal of the 16 stalls in the choir are omitted by wind and string instruments as well as sculpted membranes revealing foliated scrolls. The rood screen and the organ were installed in 1693 and the chair of truth was brought over from the Cathedral of Luxembourg.

Since 1988 diggings have discovered numerous tombs under the church. The floor was lowered almost half a meter to restore the original proportions of the gothic church.