Saint Waltrude Collegiate Church

Mons, Belgium

Saint Waltrude Collegiate Church dates back to 1450, and the origin of the famous chapter of noble canonesses that seated for centuries inside this church. The chapter played an important part in the local history, all of the Canonesse were familymembers of important noble houses. Antoine-Joseph Fetis, titular organist, taught his eldest son François-Joseph the first steps of the practice of organ music.

Inside the church important graves can be found amongst them Antoine de Carondelet and Alice of Namur.

The exterior of the church is a fine example of Brabant Gothic architecture, parts are built by Matheus de Layens. However in the 17th century the works stopped and the building was never completely finished. The interior contains important artworks, including sculptures by Jacques du Broeucq and paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Floris de Vriendt, Theodoor van Thulden, Otto Venius and Michiel Coxie.



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Rue Samson 27, Mons, Belgium
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Founded: 1450
Category: Religious sites in Belgium

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Gerard Seghers (4 months ago)
Magnificent gothique church with excellent audio guide in English you can download on your phone...
Harry G.C (7 months ago)
Dear Bryony, I once again write to you on this platform. Did you find your own way here this time? I hope so. We have plans of visiting Belgium someday, and though Brugge is far north of here, I thought you might appreciate the patron of this beautiful church. She is known for freeing captives by paying their ransom out of her own pocket. I know you sometimes worry you'll have to do the same for me. Let's hope not. But if you do, we can expect a church to be erected* off the Kingsland road in your name. I did some Digging and found that a northern renaissance painter called Jan Provoost was born Upon this town. I liked these painting (attached) because Of their striking divergence from what we saw in Florence. Or Maybe they're not all that different and I've forgotten the Orwellian eyes and underworld serpents. I wonder, is it a little suffocating that I'm showing this kind Of interest in your interests? I'd understand if it is. I might be in Paris by the time you read this, in which case I am definitely missing you. Right now you are at a secret live show or back at home in bed. I am chipping away at my paper on sentimentality, thinking of you. I love you dearly. Harry xx P.S. To any passer-by, I hope this old postcard of the church interior will serve as an apology for using this space.
Jens Van Loon (8 months ago)
Beautiful church, early mediaeval/Roman style. Good preserved. No entree fee.
Sébastien Cerles (10 months ago)
From the inside, it is wonderfully pure and slendered. Furthermore, parts of an ancient jubé have been included in the different chapels, which are often magnificent. Note that the visit is free.
Susan Boyd (14 months ago)
I have a love of ancient architecture and this cathedral did not disappoint. The detail in the gargoyles and grotesques are beautiful. Inside in each nave is a painting or fresco, some dating back to the 1300s. The stained glass has not only stations of the cross, but also represents each state/province of the area as well with crests of each in one large window group. It is absolutely beautiful. This is an active church, however, so I would caution non religious visitors to use respect when there. People will be there in prayer or confession, so please keep quiet while here.
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