Devotional image of Marpingen Pilgrimage
© Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte / Hans-Georg Merkel
8.5 x 6.5 cm
Marian devotion has a long history in Marpingen. According to legend, a picture of the Virgin Mary was found in a bog before the Thirty Years War. A little shrine was built, and the bog became a popular pilgrimage site. In 1876, the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared in the Härtelwald forest, with three girls claiming to have seen a “white woman with a child in her arms”. Then in 1999, three women claimed to have witnessed a “Marian apparition”. On 17 October 1999, almost 40,000 pilgrims travelled to Marpingen to hear Mary’s words, as reported by the “seers”. In 2005, investigations found no evidence of supernatural events. Nevertheless, the specially built chapel was recognised as a place of prayer.