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The procession park in Mariahout is already a work of art in itself, with a beautiful history that goes back to its origins in 1933. Pastor va…

The procession park in Mariahout is already a work of art in itself, with a beautiful history that goes back to its origins in 1933. Pastor van Eijndhoven took care of the construction of the church. In 1930, Van Eijndhoven made a pilgrimage to Lourdes and was so impressed that he founded the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Mariahout. The propagation of his devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes was reflected in all aspects. Thus, the statue of Bernadette was placed around 1950. The pedestal on which the statue stands has a scalloped edge at the top and is made of artificial stone. The statue itself is made of limestone; Bernadette is wearing clogs and has her hands folded. The visions of the French Catholic Saint Bernadette Soubirous from Lourdes form the basis of Lourdes as a place of pilgrimage. In 1858 she saw her first apparition. She was canonised 75 years later in 1933, the same year that the church in Mariahout was built.

The forest was laid out in 1935, as was the pond that was created when the land was prepared for building. Along the winding paths in the dense forest, there are three objects from around 1935 to be protected. The open air theatre, built in 1946, falls outside the scope of national protection.

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Mariastraat 25
5738AH Mariahout
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