"Basilica of Saint Servatius - ?Magnum Templum?." St. Servaas church Tip by Jerelis

St. Servaas church, Maastricht: 30 reviews and 62 photos

  The towers of the ?Magnum Templum?.
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  • The towers of the ‘Magnum Templum’. - Maastricht
      The towers of the ?Magnum Templum?.
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  • A medieval hallway in the Basilica. - Maastricht
      A medieval hallway in the Basilica.
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  • The entrance of the Basilica. - Maastricht
      The entrance of the Basilica.
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  • The ceiling of the Basilica. - Maastricht
      The ceiling of the Basilica.
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Some historic basilicas in the Netherlands, Belgium and in western Germany are connected to Servatius: A great example of this is the Basilica of Saint Servatius (Sint Servaaskerk) in Maastricht. I reckon that it is among the most beautiful Romanesque, medieval and baroque monuments in the Low Countries. It?s definitely a must see once you?re in Maastricht.

When we walked our way up to the Basilica we noted that the entrance of the Basilica at the square 'Keizer Karelplein' was adorned with statues. The statue of Jesus Christ can be seen at the centre with those of Peter and Servatius on his side. The history of the Basilica is fascinating. The inhabitants of Maastricht built a small, wooden chapel on Saint Servatius? grave. By 550, the bishops Monulfus and Gondulfus had this simple chapel replaced by a stone church, which was proudly called ?Magnum Templum?. It?s assumed that the Vikings destroyed it in 880. Around the year 1000 the church was rebuilt. On May 14th, a day after the holiday of Saint Servatius, H.H. Pope John Paul II visited the Church of Saint Servatius. During his visit, the pope declared to have elevated the Church to Basilica.

Address: Keizer Karelplein 6, Maastricht.
Directions: It?s right at the city centre near the famous Vrijthof Square. Once you?re there you can't miss it standing there in all its glory. To enter it, you have to walk around the corner, signs will tell you the way.
Phone: 043-3212082
Website: http://www.sintservaas.nl/english/index.html

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 24, 2008
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