Basilica of Our Lady of Tongre

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Basilica of Our Lady of Tongre
Notre Dame de Tongre(in French)
Tongre-Notre-Dame Bas1JPG.jpg
Basic information
Location Belgium Chièvres
Geographic coordinates 50°34′53.9″N 3°46′31.58″E / 50.581639°N 3.7754389°E / 50.581639; 3.7754389Coordinates: 50°34′53.9″N 3°46′31.58″E / 50.581639°N 3.7754389°E / 50.581639; 3.7754389
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Minor basilica, Parish
Website [1]
Architectural description
Architect(s) J.F. Demarbaix
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Baroque
Completed 1777[1]
Specifications
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[citation needed].

History

In his book dedicated to the pilgrimage site of Tongre-Notre-Dame, 17th century historian Father Huart [2] describes the apparitin of the station of the Virgin Mary:

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.

Notes

  1. ^ Mardaga, Pierre (1988), Le patrimoine monumental de la Belgique (in French), 13, Editions Mardaga, p. 617–618, ISBN 2802100866
  2. ^ Huart 1662, p. 11

References

Romanesque statue of our Lady of Tongre (1081)