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
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
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