Maastricht Vrijthof Servatius
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Maastricht Vrijthof Servatius

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At the council of Sardica (343 AC) Sarbatius (Servatius) respresented the holy trinity view of western emperor Flavius Julius Constans Augustus of the Roman empire; the creation is from the Father, through the Son and in the Holy Spirit. Later the Biscchops seat, Episcopal See (episcopalis sedes) was established in Maastricht Servatius, said to be a cousin of Jesus Christ coming from Fenuste, southeast of Damascus (Syria); founded the Basilica of Our Lady/Servatius in Maastricht. in a crypt dating from the 6th century, his relics are preserved in a chest. This 'Noodkist' is carried around town during times of peril or else every seven years during the day of 'Heiligdomsvaart'.

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A: Basilica Saint Servatius and st Johns church in Maastricht, Holland

by René van Gageldonk, less than 10 meters away

On the left you see the basilica of saint Servatius, on the right the Saint Johns church. Maastricht ...

Basilica Saint Servatius and st Johns church in Maastricht, Holland

B: Netherlands: Basilica of Saint Servaas and Saint Janskerk fromt the Hendrik van Veldeke Square, Maastricht

by Steve Vogel, 20 meters away

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Netherlands: Basilica of Saint Servaas and Saint Janskerk fromt the Hendrik van Veldeke Square, Maastricht

C: st.Jan Z W

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D: Netherlands: Nativity Scene at the Basilica of Saint Servaas, Maastricht

by Steve Vogel, 50 meters away

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E: From de series "beauty spots": Hill Portal of St Servaas basilica, Maastricht

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F: st. Jan toren hoek N O

by Alexander Ruttgers, 60 meters away

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G: Netherlands: Inside the Basilica of Saint Servaas, Maastricht

by Steve Vogel, 80 meters away

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