Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude

Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude, Nivelles

Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude

Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium10,959 contributions
Massive church
May 2021 • Friends
This massive church is no doubt the main sight to visit in the town of Nivelles...there was nobody when we were here on a rainy afternoon in may...no entry fee
Written May 8, 2021
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barfcity
Ytterby, Sweden3 contributions
Impressive!
Apr 2019
Spent 5 weeks studying in Nivelles, and lived just a few feet from the church. The interior is not as spectacular at the Basillica in Venice, or the Vaatican, but it is impressive from the outside.
Written May 10, 2019
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Werner H
Nivelles, Belgium41 contributions
Beautiful Church, but you should visit the old crypt.
Jun 2018 • Family
This is a very old church, it was linked to a monastery of saint Gertrude. After world war 2 the church was heavily damaged. Inside the church you can see the previous church.
The new church is better in mho.
The so called crypt is the original roman church...
Written January 15, 2019
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ssb2004
Zemun, Serbia76 contributions
Visit in 2013
Dec 2017 • Family
It is an amazing Cathedral, with an interesting story and artefacts. The turist guide inform us about the cathedral in details, there are some specific stories, for example, about the bottle of Coca Cola on the sarcofagus, etc... Intreresting to visit as well as Nivelles that is an amazing little town in Belgium. The visit was in 2013 but I must fullfill as december 2017.
Written November 5, 2018
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DitPlus
Mechelen, Belgium124 contributions
Worth a visite!
Mar 2018 • Couples
Interesting church with great architecture and a special clocktower. In the middle of the city. On saturday there is a market all around the church.
Written March 26, 2018
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SenyraMB
Setubal, Portugal28 contributions
Grandious and exeptional monastery
May 2017 • Family
This is the main and most grandious landmark in Nivelles. Apart from the bells ringing every 30m or so this is a must visit point. The inside is extremely rich, diverse and surprising, with all sorts of religious artifacts - wall paintings, altars, mosaics, statues, etc. The outside presents a typical and well conserved architecture.
Written September 21, 2017
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Den BLC
Braine-Le-Comte, Belgium226 contributions
A beautifull Church
Oct 2016 • Friends
A very big church in very good state. You must visite the collegiale of Saint Gertrude. Nice to see. On saturday : big foof market around the church !
Written November 8, 2016
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium23,972 contributions
A very unusual churchin Nivelles
Oct 2016 • Friends
Having seen a picture of the Romanesque Saint Gertrude Collegiate Church in a book on Belgium’s architectural heritage, we were eager to visit it. We were told at the tourist office there was a guided tour every day at 2 p.m. but, on a weekday in October, we waited in vain for a guide both inside and outside the building. In the end, we looked around by ourselves with detailed leaflets we picked up on-site. Walking around Saint Gertrude, we were impressed by the sheer size of it, but mostly by the fortress-like westwork with its large apse, two round corner turrets and larger octagonal tower in the middle. The upper part would look forbidding were it not for the three rows of elegant small windows separated by one or two columns. We weren’t aware of the fact that the church had been seriously damaged by a bombardment in 1940 and that its present form is in fact a reconstruction of the original Romanesque structure. There were times when Saint Gertrude had a gothic spire, which collapsed in 1940, and gargoyles and a baroque portal, which were removed and relocated in Dodaine Park, where we of course went to see them.

Inside, the Romanesque structure has also been restored and it is truly amazing, but we were rather disappointed to find a large exhibition of religious art from various periods but no medieval art: Renaissance oak stalls from the 16th century, funerary monuments from the 16th and the 17th century, paintings from the 16th to the18 th century and several works by sculptor Laurent Delvaux (who died in Nivelles in 1778), which weren’t our cup of tea.

As we weren’t accompanied by a guide, we were unable to visit the archaeological basement, the crypt, Saint Gertrud’ chapel and the imperial room. The cloister was closed also but, as one of us was taking pictures through an iron gate at the back of the church, two friendly city wardens told us the cloister was accessible via the main entrance of the nearby city hall. A staff member showed us the way. Although only part of the cloister retains its 13th century form- the rest being a19 th century reconstruction - it is worth a peek. There are nice views on the church, especially in combination with the rescued clocks of the old gothic tower resting on the grass.
Written October 28, 2016
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M3070QUchristinev
Nivelles, Belgium2 contributions
Of a life with Charlemagne ...
Mar 2016 • Family
Take a moment to breathe and let the history guide your steps. From the first stone to the last stone, The little story of people through the greatest history. Below,the first stone, the first pilgrims, the first tombs. Up the stairs, the view,the jewelleries. In the middle, the great hope in God ...
Written October 22, 2016
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Keith P
Southwest Finland, Finland357 contributions
Clean, tidy and impressive
Mar 2016
The Church of St. Gertrude has been totally renovated in recent years and is the obvious focal point of Nivelles. The front octagonal tower now supports a much shorter spire than the original - models of both can be seen inside. Entry is free and the clean and tidy interior provides a quiet and peaceful respite for the visitor. If one looks closely some of the original brickwork is visible and it is a credit to the craftsmen who have reestablished this most significant monument, that they have blended colours and materials so well.
Written May 27, 2016
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