With its pretty chapel, this historical site welcomes hikers who come to enjoy its magnificent views and pilgrims who come to find solace in the peaceful setting.
This precious place is nestled in the Ourthe valley, in the village of Marcourt, between La Roche-en-Ardenne and Hotton. Like a treasure that only reveals itself to those who take the time to search for it, the religious site of the Saint Thibaut Hermitage unveils its exquisite beauty and purity as it comes into view. The site comprises a small white chapel erected in honour of Saint Thibaut, a pilgrim and hermit from the 10th century, and the hermitage, a small house with two rooms attached to the chapel. People who had a vocation as hermits and those who served as guardians of the chapel would retreat here, into the heart of the Ardennes forest. A practice that lasted until 1968!
Place of pilgrimage and tourism
The chapel and hermitage were built from 1639. Perched on top of a hill, the site boasts stunning views over the village of Marcourt, which dates back to Roman times and was the medieval capital of the county of Montaigu. A breathtaking panorama, dominating the Ourthe valley from a height of almost 140 metres! This listed heritage site is a real gem of tranquillity. The Saint Thibaut Hermitage also welcomes many pilgrims who come to meditate in the spiritual setting, a place where miracles are said to have occurred... You will find a signposted route to get there and experience all of its charm for yourself.
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