Basilica of Our Lady of Hanswijk

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The Basilica of Our Lady of Hanswijk is a Basilica in Mechelen, Belgium. The basilica is an famous place of pilgrimage in Belgium, the statue was crowned on 30 juli 1876 by Cardinal Deschamps by request of pope Pius IX.

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Arrival of O.L.V. Hanswijk, the miracle on the ship
O.L.V Hanswijk after procession in Basilika of O.L. of Hanswijk

The church was built after a miracle of Our lady on a local ship, in this part called "Hanswijck". The historic statue is kept inside the church for veneration. The facade in Italian style and cupola were disigned by Lucas Faydherbe. The baroque interior is famous for its sculptures and carvings, in the ceiling impressive work of Faydherbe is executed in stucco.[1] The pulpit, sulpted by Theodore Verhaegen[2] was payed by Alexander Rubens, Lord of Vremdyck The crypta and the basilica itself contains several depictions of Saint Rumbold. Every year the annula procession of Hanswijk ends here.

In this basilica Petrus Joseph Triest was active as vicar between 1791 and 1797.[3] In 2016 Geert Bourgeois opened the basilica, after 2 years of restorations.[4]

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Coordinates: 51°1′20″N 4°29′7″E / 51.02222°N 4.48528°E / 51.02222; 4.48528