As we walked into the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Luxembourg, our spirits were lifted by the beautiful voices wafting out across the nave toward us from the cathedral choir. As we drew closer to listen, the tall jewel colored glass of the gothic-framed stained-glass windows in the apse glowed and the sparking gold leaf on the altar and the radiant alabaster of the carved reredos screen rose up to meet the tall windows.
Artistically, it was particularly the German sculptor Daniel Muller (d. 1623) from Freiberg (Saxony) who contributed to the appearance of the church which is primarily in the late Gothic and Dutch Renaissance style with some Pre-Baroque elements. His work includes the organ gallery.
1870, the church was elevated by Pope Pius IX to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. It is the only Cathedral in Luxembourg.
The crypt of the Cathedral contains the remains of members of the Grand-Ducal family, but the one that caught both my eye and imagination was the tomb of John of Bohemia, also called “John the Blind” (1296 – 1346).
He was both King of Bohemia and Count of Luxembourg and was the eldest son of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII and his wife Margaret of Brabant. He is well known for his bravery having died while fighting in the Battle of Crecy, which was the first battle of the Hundred Years War. He insisted upon fighting even though he had been blind for a decade.