The Black Madonna (Die Schwarze Madonna),
In the convent church of the Carmelites, Klosterstr.
55, 56814 Beilstein, near Cochem on the Mosel, 12th/13th century Spanish
copy of Black Madonna of Loreto, about 50 cm, painted wood.
During the forced secularizations of the 19th century, the monastery was dissolved and its art and sacred treasures sold. The Black Madonna was later found in someone’s private possession and given to the local bishop. After his death it was put in the diocesan museum.
The Carmelites only returned to Beilstein in 1948 and soon lobbied to
have their Queen of Peace come home. Two years later their requests were
granted. She journeyed by ship in a great celebration. Wherever she passed
on the river, the bells in the churches on shore would toll and people
would gather to sing Marian hymns. In Beilstein she was greeted by a huge,
enthusiastic crowd that formed a festive procession to escort her back
to her church.
* For more info you can call the Catholic parish of Beilstein at (0 26 73) 16 53.
Information for this article was taken from a booklet for sale in the church: Pater Justin Stampfer O. Carm. ”Beilstein an der Mosel und seine Geschichte”, Fachverlag für Kirchenfotographie & Luftbildaufnahmen, Saarbrücken: 2005 and from http://www.wochenzeitung.paulinus.de/archiv/0528/report.htm