Jezuïetenberg

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A Unique subterranean museum, in the Cannerberg near Maastricht since 1996, is an officially designated national monument.

One of the worlds best provided preserved limestone quarries, the Jezuïetenberg (Jesuit Caves), is located on the outskirts of the city of Maastricht, close to the Belgian border. Exploration of this quarry, which forms part of the Fallenberg-complex started centuries ago when limestone was widely used as building material. Owing to the Jesuit Fathers there now is an subterranean museum in this vast network of galleries. Between 1860 and 1960, Jesuit scholars and theological students spent a great deal of their recreation time on Wednesday in this quarry where they could relax after their strenuous studies.

In addition to the many interesting studies and publications that they produced, they drew a full scale floor plan of the quarry's gallery network, and moreover, they created numerous charcoal and coloured drawings on the cave's walls.

Furthermore, they carved a large number of reliefs and statues on and from the limestone walls. Winged bulls, the Alhambra (including a fountain and a pond), Christ, Buddha, the head of Ramses II and many other fascinating objects are embellished in the interior of the subterranean galleries. When in 1968 the Jesuit Order left Maastricht, supervision and maintenance of these caves became the responsibility of the Jezuïetenberg Foundation.

It is possible to make a one and a half hour guided tour through the caves. The guide will provide more about the history of the caves and give background information about the drawings and statues that you will encounter. Reservations are obligatory and can be made on the reservation form below or by phoning the secretary Guided tours. A group must consist of at least 10 persons who are 18 years and older. Visiting hours during the week for the tour are by appointment only, On Saturday's are available at ten a.m., noon, two p.m. and four p.m. On Sundays and during holidays the caves are closed, see the dates below.

In the galleries there is a constant temperature of 10 degrees Celsius only. The humidity is as high as 98%. Consequently it is recommended to wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes.

We are closed on the following dates:

2018

10 February till 18 February
2 April
27 April
28 April till 6 may
10 May till 13 may
21 May
23 June
7 July till 19 August
22 December till 6 January

2019

2 March till 10 March

On sunday we are closed


 

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