Collegiate Church of Saint Hadelin

Houyet, Belgium

The perfectly preserved Romanesque church of Celles is thought to be prior to the 12th century. The crypt, located under the choir, probably dates back to the 9th century. The crypt is built in the shape of a Latin cross with three naves and 2 rows of pillars.

In the church tower, you can admire a very ancient roman inscription, which is thought to date from the reign of the emperor Probus (279).

This remarkable monument is definitely worth a visit, even if it were just for the sake of admiring the stalls, the font and the holy water font both from the 12th century. It equally boasts rather interesting tombstones, namely one in black marble, which houses the remains of Rasse de Celles and his wife.

The church of Celles is open to the public all year round. It is remarkably well preserved, and considered as one of the finest examples of Mosan Romanesque architecture. Built with limestone and sandstone rubble, it is thought to be prior to the 12th century, while the crypt, located under the choir, is thought to date from the 9th century. The church has the shape of a Latin cross, with three naves and two rows of pillars.

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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Belgium

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Kip van Troje (3 years ago)
This is a sober church that is part of the open churches route. The church is wheelchair accessible. The crypt was not illuminated, so we did not visit it. In winter the temperature is colder than outside, except during the celebrations. There are a number of sculptures, including one of the saint with the bird.
philippe Toudic (3 years ago)
This 11th century collegiate church is one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in the country. Disciple of Saint Remacle, Hadelin evangelized the region and founded a monastery (7th century). Several miracles are attributed to him, transforming the village into an important center of pilgrimage. Inside, the Middle Ages are present. The crypt shelters Merovingian sarcophagi and ancient reliquaries. The wooden ceiling and the baptismal font are Romanesque.
Nemesi (3 years ago)
Mosan Romanesque architecture from the 11th century On the facade there is a portico tower. Interior with three naves with a dark crypt is fascinating.
sandrine Alexandre (3 years ago)
Small church very nice to visit in a beautiful setting
JP Ockerman (4 years ago)
The Saint-Hadelin de Celles collegiate church is part of the major heritage of Wallonia: built in the 11th century, it must be considered as the most perfect expression of Mosan art, its relative marginality having contributed to preserving this authenticity. It is named in honor of Hadelin de Celles. One can observe the western massif flanked by two staircase turrets as is the case in most Mosan churches of the beginning of the Romanesque period. As is also often the case with Romanesque architecture, it is built with local stones. The exterior decoration is limited to barely sketched pilasters with a discreet transom. The main nave is lit by openings located above the side aisles.
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