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The Cathedral

The building of the cathedral, which was originally a monastic church belonging to the abbey, was begun in 1775. On September 5, 1784 it was dedicated to a series of Saints – namely Saints Peter, Paul and Quirin. It received the status of a parish church in 1819 and in the years 1920 to 1925 it was raised to the rank of a cathedral, i.e. in the short period of General Baltia’s time as governor in the Diocese of Eupen-Malmedy.

The high altar is made of marble and dates back to 1877. The marble altar of the Holy Virgin goes back to the year 1773, while the pulpit and the four confessional boxes originate from the year 1770. The cathedral accommodates the reliquary casket of Saint Quirin.

The church windows are also worth looking at. These had to be replaced following damage due to the bombing in December 1944. The chiming bells date from 1786 and total altogether 35 bells that were cast by Martin Legros of Malmedy.

To the right-hand side of the cathedral, in the abbey park, there is a monument in memory of the civil victims that died in the December 1944 bombing of the town during the Battle of the Bulge. On five columns you will find the names of 219 victims.

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