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caves of St. Pieter

Located in the outskirts of the Maastricht, capital of the province of Limburg. It is, for many, one of the sites of greater beauty in all Holland. In agreement or not with this impression, nobody can deny that it is a peculiar landscape, different from all the well-known in the country.

The mount is home of the St. Fort Pieter, constructed in 1701 the North slope of the hill. He is open to the public and it counts on interesting views in his interior. A monastery also can be visited in the top. Nevertheless, the true protagonists of this place are the caves that lie under the mount.

Throughout several kilometers, a system of tunnels extends hidden under earth. In their walls, the images realized with coal and the carved figures decorate and give a very special atmosphere to the route. They are work of the monks who inhabited the monastery located on the hill.

The scenes of the Bible were the object of illustration of the monks, whom they looked for to make of his art a way to praise God. Although also there was place for the personnel and many of the drawings are an expression way.

During World War II, these passages became the refuge of many of the inhabitants of the Maastricht and near cities. Still the sites can be observed in which the food for that was left they remained hidden, and also the place in which the monks kept their personal possessions.

More than 20 thousand secret runners and tunnels they compose the well-known spiderweb like the Caves of St. Pieter. For that reason, before anything, the advice is that a tourist never must venture itself to these sites without the company of a guide (requests information on this excursion in your hotel in the Maastricht). With the illumination offered by torches and candles, the way becomes an unforgettable experience.

Photo Via: DagjeWeg

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