Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude, Nivelles

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The Collegiate Church of St. Gertrude is a historical building in Nivelles, Walloon Brabant, Belgium, which was built in the 11th century.HistoryThe church was built to serve the Abbey of Nivelles, originally a monastery of Benedictine nuns founded by Itta of Metz, the widow of Pepin of Landen, and mother of Gertrude of Nivelles, the first abbess, in the 7th century. Her remains are buried in a chapel of the church. This structure was built in the early 11th century and consecrated in 1046 by Wazo, Bishop of Liège, in the presence of the Emperor Henry III. It is an example both of Mosan art and of Ottonian architecture.With the growing membership of members of the nobility among the nuns starting in the 12th century, the community gradually changed its character from its monastic one until it had become a community of canonesses regular by the 15th century, at the latest. At that point, the church acquired its status of collegiate church.
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  • Jewels architectural, Nivelles was built around the collegiate church Sainte-Gertrude. Heart of the city, the main arteries debouchent on this majestic building. Discover outdoors, Jean of Nivelles, emblematic figure of Nivelles and its history, scintillating jaquemart that hits the 1/2 hour, and quarter. Take a tour of the Grand Place and discover the collegiate from different angles. Inside, it's full of impressive wealth of historical, artistic and religious. In the basement and see the remains of the ancient abbeys (re) built over the centuries. Finally climb in the Imperial room (and stopping at the 1st floor to enjoy amazing views of the nave connecting the two choirs) and discover many traces of the past. To complete your visit, let your steps guide you through the cloister next to the collegiate church and make the tour to enjoy new views on the 3 towers.
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  • Church with peculiar architecture that resembles a castle. Located in the historic centre of Nivelles, next to bars and restaurants. On the weekends, residents seem to find in the neighborhood.
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  • In Belgium there is no more beautiful Romanesque façade than this of this church. Besides the beautiful austere Romanesque interior of the church you've also got the Romanesque round with courtyard garden and the largest crypt of Belgium. And there is also the friendly staff that voluntarily gives explanation and all possible questions.
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  • Beautiful roman church, very rare in this country
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  • A beautiful restoration which took many years and which does not have the unanimity of the Nivelloise population. It is difficult in some pictures to make you enjoy the collegiate church and you give the envy of the visited, there are so many beautiful things to voir👍
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  • I visited and made pictures of the inside of the collegiate because the Statues are all superb wooden and picture d a plan or the churches have more than a century
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  • Beautiful but I preferred the arrow...
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