Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The church of our Lady with its Belfry in Tongeren

This church received a special status from the Pope and is now a Basilica. It was built in the Gothic style and opened in 1240. Three hundred years later the 64 metres high Belfry was added to the church. On the top of the tower you see the Belgian flag blowing in the wind. The Basilica is listed on the world heritage list of UNESCO. Inside the church you find beautiful sculptures, large windows with stained glass and paintings. What is more unique is the golden eagle holding a bible just behind the altar. On the left side there is a special altar with flowers for Our Lady. There is also a possibility to go into the garden, walking via an arched gallery.

De kerk heeft een speciale status gekregen van de Paus en is nu een Basiliek. Deze werd gebouwd in de gotische stijl en opende in 1240. Driehonderd jaar later werd het Belfort tegen de kerk aangebouwd. Op de top van de toren zie je de Belgische vlag wapperen. De Basiliek is opgenomen op de werelderfgoed lijst van UNESCO. Binnen in de kerk vind je mooie beeldhouwwerken, hoge ramen met brandglas en schilderijen. Wat ons meer uniek leek was een gouden adelaar die de bijbel draagt, deze staat achter het altaar. Aan de linker voorzijde van de kerk staat een ere altaar met bloemstukken voor Onze Lieve Vrouwe Maria. Er is ook een mogelijkheid via een gang met booggewelven de binnentuin te bezoeken..

OLV Kerk Tongeren
OLV Kerk Tongeren
OLV Kerk Tongeren
OLV Kerk Tongeren
OLV Kerk Tongeren
OLV Kerk Tongeren
OLV Kerk Tongeren
OLV Kerk Tongeren
OLV Kerk Tongeren
OLV Kerk Tongeren
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19 comments:

  1. Ohh, this church is so stunning and so beautiful. Architecture is wonderful.

    Marvelous pictures of this fascinating Basilica!

    Greetings.

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  2. This is very impressive and so fancy!! My favorite are the beautiful stained glass windows.

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  3. Your restaurant below is a very fancy place, even a chandelier over the bar! I love it when bloggers take pictures of their food plates, it all looks so good!

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  4. Yet another fabulous Notre Dame. Well photographed!

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  5. impressive set of pictures!

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  6. Wonderful photos from this church. You seem to like church on many places all over the world.

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  7. You are travelling a lot I see. Interesting, I like to see other places. Diane mentioned she had a visitor from Almere, but you only visited my place I saw. I haven't been in the hotel yet, only saw it from the car. I am curious what places you visited in Almere.

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  8. Thanks for the nice comments to me. Great pictures here of buildings and churches.

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  9. Wow, das ist eine fantastische Kirche. Wunderbare Aufnahmen ...
    Liebe Grüße Karin

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  10. gorgeous architecture and such rich colors. Thank you so much for sharing these awesome photos. The gargoyle looks like those at Notre Dame. So fascinating! Jeanne

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  11. Filip: I love to see the architecture of these old churches. I don't know if they could be made today. you captured inside wonderfully.

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  12. Gothic Architecture, always one of favorites !

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  13. Fabulous architectural photos of the church, Filip! The crucifix and the stained glass are beautiful. I love the last photo leading to the doorway.

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  14. Amazing architecture. You have captured this beautiful place so well, especially being able to show us the inside with such great clarity.

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  15. That is one huge beautiful church/basilica.

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  16. Beautiful photographs of an amazing church. I love your detail shots, and the overall mood your images portray. Wonderful work :^)

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  17. Very good images of this Gothic basilica..
    When I am in Germany I like the Gothic architecture more then the Byzantine as
    you can find here in Greece...

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  18. This is another great church I have seen from you.

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  19. absolutely gorgeous shots!
    what a beautiful Gothic church!
    yet another fabulous Notre Dame.

    thank you for your lovely comments.
    loved reading them.

    happy thursday!

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