In 2005, the former Frechen open-pit mine became the Marienfeld and thus the venue where, during the XX. World Youth Day the Vigil and the Final Mass with Pope Benedict XVI. and about one million Christians from 188 nations took place.Seither the Marienfeld developed into a pilgrimage, leisure, and recreational area with its imposing Pope Hill on which a large cross was erected as a landmark.
March 29, 2018
"Dreikönigsweg" by the Dusseldorf painter, sculptor and architect Professor Thomas Kesseler.
At the foot of the Papst Hill, Kesseler erected three 2.20-meter-high figures made of crude steel at intervals of about one hundred meters, representing the three holy kings.
Each of the figures is surrounded by three protective basalt lava steles. On display are a young, a middle-aged and an elderly saint.
Last but not least, this is intended as a symbol of the intergenerational radiance of the World Youth Day.Source: Kölner Stadt Anzeiger
March 1, 2018
For the services was built after the groundbreaking on March 31, 2005, the so-called Pope Hill. Joachim Cardinal Meisner baptized this 10-meter-high pile for the altar as the "Mountain of the 70 Nations" because delegates from 70 countries had deposited earth from their countries at the beginning of 2005.
For the Papst Hill, about 80,000 m³ of earth were poured in 55 days. The hill has a floor area of 15,000 m² and a top area for the altar and seats of 3,500 m² to accommodate about 2,000 people.
After completion of the World Youth Day, the installations around the Marienfeld were dismantled until December 2005, the Papst hill was preserved and will continue to be used as part of a recreational area.
March 1, 2018
Marienfeld is a 260 hectare arable area in the former open-cast lignite mine Frechen, which has been backfilled and recultivated since 2003, in which lignite was extracted from a depth of 250 meters from 1952 to 1986. It is located west of Cologne in the Rhein-Erft district in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the north it is bounded by the Fürstenberggraben, a river connection between the Fürstenberg Maar east of the field and the Boisdorf lake to the north-west. The Kerpen-Türnich industrial area forms the southern boundary.The field is located around 20 kilometers southwest of Cologne Cathedral. During the XX. World Youth Day 2005 signposted pilgrimage routes led to Marienfeld via footpaths and hiking trails, which could be covered in about four hours. The Marienfeld has been used since September 2004 for the Vigil on August 20 and the closing mass of the World Youth Day on August 21, 2005, both of which together with Pope Benedict XVI. were celebrated, prepared for up to a million participants.
After the groundbreaking on March 31, 2005, the so-called Pope's Hill was built for the services. Joachim Cardinal Meisner baptized this 10 meter high fill for the altar with the name of the Mountain of 70 Nations, because delegates from 70 countries laid earth from their countries there at the beginning of 2005. About 80,000 m³ of earth were poured in 55 days for the Pope's hill. The hill has a floor area of 15,000 m² and an upper area for the altar and seats of 3,500 m² to accommodate around 2,000 people. After the World Youth Day, the installations around the Marienfeld were dismantled by December 2005, the Pope Hill was preserved and will continue to be used as part of a local recreation area.
December 12, 2020
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