Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel, Kortrijk

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Visit Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel to see one of the oldest and most iconic buildings in the historical city of Kortrijk. Built in the year 1199 as part of the first castle of Kortrijk, the church has since played a large role in the history of the County of Flanders, surviving many battles and renovations. Step inside to admire the 17th-century Baroque interior contrasted by modern stained-glass windows. Visit the adjacent medieval Chapel of the Counts of Flanders, dating from 1374, to see paintings of the lineage of the former counts. Other treasures on display include Anthony van Dyck's painting, Raising of the Cross, and a 14th-century statue of St. Catherine. To visit Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel on your holiday in Kortrijk, and find out what else Kortrijk has to offer, use our Kortrijk vacation builder.
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  • This church is the site of a legend. This is where the trophies taken on the corpses of killed french Knights at the battle of the Golden Spurs would have been exposed. Today, it is more a place of meditation, where we taste the calm and the sience in a place rich in details;
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  • Visiting Kortrijk, the different architectures mingle harmoniously, the minimalist and the baroque, the modern and the old. It is this last it here, a real return to the medieval era. A church full of anecdotes, interesting details and history. The building first is imposing, impressive, and surrounded by the ruins of the Castle. Inside, feel free to pay attention to the small details: the lions of Flanders painted on the ceiling, the inscriptions and the famous Golden Spurs suspended from the ceiling. The highlight of the show is the chapel of the counts of Flanders, yet original, witness of the past of the city. The huge windows let in the light to see portraits of the counties, some of which are very old. A real history lesson!
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  • Step forward on the right and enter the chapel where the paintings of Knights create the atmosphere. Behind the altar, in the chorus, you can admire copies of Golden Spurs that hang from the ceiling painted Lions of Flanders, witnesses of the battle of Golden Spurs when the Flemings defeated the french Knights.
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