"KLOSTER WERTHENSTEIN" Lucerne Off The Beaten Path Tip by balhannah
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Located just 20kms from Luzern is the Village of Werthenstein. We could see a large white building, so took the turn-off that looked to lead there. We drove across the bridge over the Little River Emme and followed the road up the hill to the White Building which turned out to be Kloster Werthenstein. Standing on a rocky outcrop, it's thought it was once a Castle.
There is a legend, and it goes something like this
"Some Dutch men were panning for gold in 1500's and had to spend the night outdoors because of a delay on the Emme. As an admirer of Marie said the night prayer, he heard angels singing and saw a bright light. Then he visited the site every day and hung a picture representing the coronation of Mary."
The word got around and more people visited the site. In 1518 a chapel was built, and later the church was enlarged and consecrated in 1616.
During the Reformation, the miraculous image of Fribach (Canton Berne) came to Werthenstein, which is still venerated by pilgrims. Between the17th and 18th centuries, tens of thousands made the pilgrimage to Werthenstein, to ask for courage, comfort, confidence and healing. The Franciscans have held over 400 miracles.
In 1838, the Franciscan monastery was abolished by the Lucerne government and the furniture sold as it was to be used as a Deaf and Dumb Institute.
Since 1909, the Church served the local Parish and Pilgrim's.
Pilgrim's still have been coming, even creating some "boom" years!
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