Basilique Saint-Willibrord

Echternach is dominated by Basilique Saint-Willibrord. Saint Willibrord was a Northumbrian monk who arrived in town in 698 A.D. Immediately after receiving this land from Irmina, daughter of Dagobert II, King of the Franks, he began construction. A Benedictine abbey developed around the basilica and a town around that.
If you’re seeking an ancient basilica, keep moving. This original basilica burned to the ground in 1016 and was rebuilt in 1031. It was damaged after the French invasion in 1794 and rebuilt once again in 1797. Finally, it was thoroughly bombed in WWII and the reconstructed church was completed in 1953.

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