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“Beautiful and richly decorated basilica”
Review of St. Michael

St. Michael
Antwerp, Belgium
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“Beautiful and richly decorated basilica”
Reviewed November 5, 2011

Beautiful and richly decorated basilica, very light and airy. Can be visited free of charge. From its founding onwards many reconstructions, 12th Century a three-aisled Basilica built with two west towers and a lobby. 1236 Church and monastery demolished by fire, under Abbot Albert I rebuilt. Onwards constant changes. 1451 Gothic reconstruction of the Abbey Church under Abbot Petrus II Vältl. Abbot Oswald I Mayr did provide the Church with 20 altars. Abbot Johannes III Nablas bought in 1602 an organ, Abbot of Maurus Lauter had in 1646 the high altar moved to the middle of the choir and Abbots Roman I Scheffler and Benedict I Ferg had the towers newly built in 1681. Baroque shape early 18th century. Stucco (FJI Holzinger), high altar (J Schöpf), 1715 painted altarpiece “patron saint St. Michael and the expulsion of the fallen angels from heaven” (CD Asam, for 500 guilders). The two lateral sculptures “Emperor Charles the great with the model of Mettener Church” to the left and “Saint Benedict of Nursia” at the right side, made by Franz Mozart, a great-uncle of Wolfgang Amadeus. Ceiling fresco (again by Asam) depicts the Holy Trinity, how it takes the decision to the salvation of mankind, in which Jesus offers the father God as sacrifice. Main room: topic is the prophecy, depicting the meeting of St. Benedict with King Totila. Lobby: meeting of Emperor Charles the great with the blessed Utto. Organ loft: King David playing harp, on north wall the Saint Cecilia at the organ, on south wall Benedictine abbot Wilhelm von Hirsau. Cross altar / Mary Altar / Saint Stephen altar / Apostle altar / Sebastianialtar / Benediktusaltar . The monk choir is located behind the high altar and invisible from the outside, above its entrance door is a Latin Chapter of the Benedictine rule (translation: "The heart will be with the voice in line"). The arms of the baroque choir stalls could be used as candle holders, so 16 lights illuminated the room. This happens every year at Christmas when the Benedictine celebrate the Mette.

Visited August 2011
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