Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament
The Basilica on the market square is also known as the 'showpiece of Mosan Gothic'. The middle section was built around 800 in Romanesque style by Charlemagne. Between 1320 and 1340, monks from Reims built the lower chancel in Gothic style (from the pulpit towards the altar). The middle section was later adapted to this style. The Basilica partially burned down in 1465 and in 1649 the church tower was partially destroyed in a storm. In 1773, it was demolished completely. The Basilica underwent two full restorations in the twentieth century. In 1938, Pope Pius Xi conferred it the status of basilica.
Take a pilgrimage walk in Meerssen
A pilgrimage gives peace and makes you reflect on what is important in life. One of the most popular pilgrimages in the world is the Camino de Santiago (also known as St. James' Way), with thousands of starting points, all ending in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Did you know that you don't need to leave the Netherlands at all for such a pilgrimage? The St James' Way also runs through southern Limburg! There are 11 caminis and one starts in Meerssen!