Basilica of Our Lady of Tongre
|This is an old revision of this page, as edited by BotdeSki at 23:02, 2 March 2010 (robot Adding: fr:Basilique Notre-Dame de Tongre). The present address (URL) is a permanent link to this revision, which may differ significantly from the .|
|Basilica of Our Lady of Tongre |
Notre Dame de Tongre(in French)
|Ecclesiastical or organizational status||Minor basilica, Parish|
|Direction of façade||SW|
|Length||60 metres (200 ft)|
|Width||20 metres (66 ft)|
The Basilica of Our Lady of Tongre (French: Basilique de Notre Dame de Tongre) is a Roman Catholic parish church and minor basilica in Tongre-Notre-Dame, Chièvres, Belgium. Designed by architect J.F. Demarbaix, it is the smallest basilica of Belgium.
In his book dedicated to the pilgrimage site of Tongre-Notre-Dame, 17th century historian Father Huart  describes the apparitin of the station of the Virgin Mary:
|“||The miraculous apparition of the statue of Notre-Dame de Tongre was visibly brought by angels through a white, bright cloud into the gardens of the castle of Sir Hector, Lord of the place, at about 11 o’clock in the evening of the first day of February, in the year 1081||”|
A chapel was erected on March 27, 1081. In 1093, Pope Urban II established the brotherhood of Tongre-Notre-Dame. In the 13th century, the original chapel was replaced by a Gothic church. In 1777, it was decided to built larger church. Pope Pius XII gave the title of minor basilica in 1951.
- Huart, George (1662), L'histoire admirable de Nostre-Dame de Tongre: avec ses principaux miracles (in French)
|This article about a church building or other Christian place of worship in Belgium is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|