Lobbes Abbey Church

Lobbes, Belgium

Lobbes Abbey was a Benedictine monastery which played an important role in the religious, political and religious life of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège, especially around the year 1000.

The monastery was founded by Saint Landelin around 650. Under the abbots Folcuin (965-990), Heriger of Lobbes (990-1007) and Hugo (1033–1053), the abbey and the school once again attained a great reputation. After this period the fame of the abbey gradually declined, until the monastic revival originating from the Bursfelde Congregation brought fresh life in the 15th century.

In 1794, the last abbot, Vulgise de Vignron, and 43 monks were expelled from the monastery by French revolutionary troops. Under the law of 2 September 1796 the abbey was dissolved. Most of the monastic buildings, including the abbey church of Saint Peter, were destroyed. The former burial church of Saint Ursmarus survived as a parish church. A few other minor buildings were later incorporated into a railway station.

The church of Saint Ursmarus is one of the oldest churches in Belgium. The oldest parts date from Carolingian or Ottonian times. The choir and crypt are Romanesque and stand out by their simplicity. The crypt contains the tombs of Saint Ursmarus and Saint Erminus, as well as tombstones from other abbots. The westwork tower is a typical example of Mosan architecture. The pointed spire was added in the 19th century.

From 1865 until 1870 the church was restored by the architect Eugène Carpentier, who basically rebuilt large sections of the church and removed all traces of earlier situations.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Belgium

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Marcel Huijboom (2 years ago)
Beautiful old Romanesque large Monastery Church. Open, free to visit with crypt. Very light inside. Beautiful old typical Romanesque tower.Located high on a hill next to the Sambre
Therese Lucktens (3 years ago)
Collégiale très lumineuse qui donne envie de venir se recueillir. Hier l'occasion se présentait pour les confirmations et 2 enfants qui faisaient la 1ère communion dans la famille de mon filleul.
Kris Van Cauwelaert (3 years ago)
In Lobbes staat de oudste katholieke kerk. Ligt ook wat hoger gelegen met mooi uitzicht
Nicolas Ruytenbeek (3 years ago)
Magnificent building that breathes the history and spiritual heritage of Wallonia, and even beyond. Breathtaking view of the surroundings. Note also the priest's garden, a recent creation, but in the spirit of tradition, very cute. A must!
Eric Pain (3 years ago)
The too pretentious loan !!!!! And the place certainly old ... but the place very sad
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