With its Renaissance style and Latin cross shape, it’s an essential part of the town’s architectural heritage and a location with an exceptional history.
Malmedy Cathedral was built between 1776 and 1784 in Waimes sandstone (regional stone). Initially, it fulfilled the role of a Benedictine abbey, then became a parish church after the French Revolution before eventually being elevated to the rank of a cathedral under the ephemeral Eupen-Malmedy diocese from 1921 to 1925. It’s a surprising title (because its architecture and size are still comparable to those of other religious buildings) that it only owes to the town’s specific political situation between the wars, but has retained pursuant to the Code of Canonical Law.
What can you see there?
Straight away, the majesty of this location with its pure, stripped contours is evident. Two tall square towers welcome you inside to vast spaces bathed in light. In here, your glance will be drawn by the Holy Virgin’s altar, which is original, as well as its four sculpted wood confessionals and pulpit. Although the stained glass windows are not original (they were destroyed in the December 1944 bombings), the bells are; built in 1786, there are 35 authentic bells, which are the work of Martin Legros, an inhabitant of Malmedy.
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