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St. Martin's Church, Aalst

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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  • This church was a lot more spacious and higher planned. The main nave was not extended to the planned length, making the side aisles the bulk seem to matter. There is a Rubens. The stained-glass Windows are really beautiful, but could not hold a candle to Chartres, the Sablon Church and many others.
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  • Is located next to the local Grote Markt, a sort of gloomy Gothic community. Suddenly turned openly than we took, and for good reason-in one of the side chapels (to the left of the altar) there is a canvas by Rubens. In the rest of the temple is somewhat dark, but in good condition.
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  • This church for the first time is stirring around 1180 and burned off in 1360. The new Church had to be a cathedral but the building was demolished in the 17th. century. The sculpted pulpit and small chapels are very nice. The Tabernacles and the baptismal font are very original. More than worth it is the Meridian that runs by the Church. In the early 19th century served the afternoon lines or meridians to a standard time for the whole territory of Belgium. Each city or municipality where a train left had to legally have a Meridian because there was a uniform needs time to schedules, which were introduced in 1832 in Belgium. In the Church of Saint Martin is the afternoon line or Meridian in the form of a copper strip in the floor. Shortly after noon, when the Sun by a bullion (hole) in the Sint Maarten stained-glass (people's window), this gives a beam of light on the copper LAT. This means noon solar hour (so not exactly 12 hours on your watch!). Step on a sunny day definitely agree inside the Church, you can maybe catch a glimpse of this light show that all in 6 seconds.
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