Church of Our Lady of Pamele

Church of Our Lady of Pamele, Oudenaarde

Church of Our Lady of Pamele

Church of Our Lady of Pamele
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Trainbleu
By Trainbleu
Scheldt-gothic church
Aug 2018
Oudenaarde has two major old churches, one on the left bank of the River Scheldt – Saint Walburga - and one on the right bank, Our Lady of Pamele. This is due to the fact that Pamele was an independent town with its own church until 1593. Seeing Our Lady’s from over the water, with its octagonal tower over the crossing and the corner turrets of the pointed façade, we thought it looked gorgeous. The church was built in the 13th century, but the vaulting of the nave and the transept took place in 1501-1516. The building underwent several later transformations. Inside there is an interesting triforium but the church furniture is nothing special. The Gothic Revival stained glass dates from the 20th century. At the back of the church, flanking the portal, there is a late-gothic and a Renaissance tomb of lords of Oudenaarde and their wives, but they are badly damaged. One of the men looks as if he has been decapitated. In the church we met a very friendly men who explained to us why Oudenaarde was once called ‘little Bruges’. We couldn’t believe several arms of the Scheldt River had been meandering their way through the centre. Vising Our Lady of Pamele, we took the opportunity to have a look at other interesting buildings on the right bank of the Scheldt River: the House de Lalaing, the Gothic Revival courthouse (1922-1925) and the adjoining prison (1919) to the left of the lift bridge and the remains of Maagdendale Abbey to the right. On our way to the church we also saw a rather nice-looking fountain on Louise Mariekaai with three superposed basins decorated with elegant cast-iron figures. It was no coincidence it made us think of Paris. Architect Charles Vanderstraeten, who designed the fountain, was inspired by the fountains on Place de la Concorde in Paris (France).

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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium24,235 contributions
Scheldt-gothic church
Aug 2018 • Friends
Oudenaarde has two major old churches, one on the left bank of the River Scheldt – Saint Walburga - and one on the right bank, Our Lady of Pamele. This is due to the fact that Pamele was an independent town with its own church until 1593. Seeing Our Lady’s from over the water, with its octagonal tower over the crossing and the corner turrets of the pointed façade, we thought it looked gorgeous. The church was built in the 13th century, but the vaulting of the nave and the transept took place in 1501-1516. The building underwent several later transformations. Inside there is an interesting triforium but the church furniture is nothing special. The Gothic Revival stained glass dates from the 20th century. At the back of the church, flanking the portal, there is a late-gothic and a Renaissance tomb of lords of Oudenaarde and their wives, but they are badly damaged. One of the men looks as if he has been decapitated. In the church we met a very friendly men who explained to us why Oudenaarde was once called ‘little Bruges’. We couldn’t believe several arms of the Scheldt River had been meandering their way through the centre.

Vising Our Lady of Pamele, we took the opportunity to have a look at other interesting buildings on the right bank of the Scheldt River: the House de Lalaing, the Gothic Revival courthouse (1922-1925) and the adjoining prison (1919) to the left of the lift bridge and the remains of Maagdendale Abbey to the right. On our way to the church we also saw a rather nice-looking fountain on Louise Mariekaai with three superposed basins decorated with elegant cast-iron figures. It was no coincidence it made us think of Paris. Architect Charles Vanderstraeten, who designed the fountain, was inspired by the fountains on Place de la Concorde in Paris (France).
Written September 26, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,983 contributions
Only open on weekends, nice example of early Schelde gothic style
Aug 2017 • Solo
Across the river Schelde about 10 minutes walk from the Grote Markt, and originally not part of Oudenaarde, this church was build in a rather short timespan around 1250, and no later alterations took place. Therefore, it is nice example of early gothic style. Inside the choir is especially nice. Inside there are 2 tombs of 2 generations of Lords of Pamele worth seeing. The stained glass windows are neo-gothic or later, but some are quite nice. The church is no longer used for regular services, and is only during weekends open to visitors.
Written August 9, 2017
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal17,395 contributions
Visiting Oudenaarde.
Oct 2014 • Couples
The church of “Our Lady of Pamele”, is just a few steps away from the house “Lalain” and of the “Abbey Maagdendale”.
It is one of the finest examples of “Scheldt Gothic”, the building dates from 1234, and is completely in “Limestone“ coming from the city of “Doornik”, nice city not too far from Oudenaarde.
I personally was not able to visit the inside of the church because of the fact that it was closed, this like the biggest part of the churches here in Belgium, not like in Portugal.
But in total in one single visit you can see three interesting places like the house “Lalain” than the “Church of the lady Pamele” and to end the “Maagdendale Abbey”.
Enjoy your stay in Oudenaarde.
Written October 9, 2014
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