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In 837, following a violent storm which befell the region of Saint Hubert, the inhabitants vowed to make a pilgrimage to the tomb of the Ardenne’s holy Patron.Very quickly, Saint-Hubert came to the fore as the Patron saint of the forest, the hunt and of the animals he would protect from rabies.

As early as the 10th Century, pilgrimages were well organised: a calendar was set up for the parish communities coming to worship Saint-Hubert and asking for the protection of their family, their properties and their harvests. Very quickly, Saint-Hubert came to the fore as the Patron saint of the forest, the hunt and of the animals he would protect from rabies. 

At present, two great pilgrimages of medieval origin and character remain: 

  • The Andenne Pilgrimage (Pentecost Sunday, even years). This pilgrimage dates from 1696. The pilgrimage is done because of a vow uttered by the inhabitants of Andenne when the country was gripped by plague. Far from being an easy walk for tourist, it is quite an athletic feat: 93.2 miles (150 kilometres) in 3 days! 
  • The Lendersdorf pilgrimage or the Great Pilgrimage of the Germans has the reputation of being the last great international walking pilgrimage of Europe (Germany, Great Duchy of Luxemburg, Belgium). It crosses the Eifel, the Oesling and the High Ardenne. Lendersdorf is a small German locality situated around 99.5 miles (160 km) from Saint Hubert. The pilgrimage lasts eight days, from Ascension Day to the following Thursday.