26 March 809, 1200 years ago, was the dying day of St Ludger.
Ludger was a missionary in Twente and in the German Münster area.
Later he was appointed the first bishop of Münster.
In 2008, a monument in his honour was established close to the “Bloemenbeek” hotel in De Lutte.
The monument is made up mainly of menhirs, and contains sundial elements in addition to religious references.
Menhirs mark the cardinal points north, east and west, and on the south side, a group of three menhirs represent the Trinity.
Seven menhirs and five boulders placed in a circle depict the twelve disciples.
These stones are on the implied hour lines of a horizontal sundial.
In the centre, two menhirs represent Ludger and his companion Winfried, carrying a cross, with a comet as the Star of Bethlehem.
The comet and cross suggest the birth and death of Jesus Christ.
In the centre of the cross is an index for a date scale, to be read at true noon.
The date scale shows notable dates, such as the anniversaries of the deaths of Ludger and Winfried.
Read more about this mystic and mystical monument in the Bulletin of De Zonnewijzerkring, number 98, September 2008.
Fer de Vries
Design: Bote Holman
Unveiling: 21 June 2008
English translation: RH