Church of Our Lady of Hanswijk

The inside of this church is spectacular  and we felt blessed that we were able to visit.  The church closed for restoration at the beginning of April, just two weeks after our visit.  It will be closed for four years!

This baroque pilgrimage church designed by Lucas Faydherbe was one of the first domed churches in the Low Countries. The dome was to have been even higher, but the substructure proved not to be sufficiently robust. Architect and church engaged in a bitter battle about additional reinforcements.

Inside under the dome are two huge reliefs, also by Faydherbe, believed by everyone to be sandstone until the bombing raids in the Second World War. But sandstone would have been too heavy, so the resourceful Faydherbe had used gypsum. Only when the damaged reliefs were repaired did the deception come to light.

At the front of the church is a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary which is carried in the annual Hanswijk procession. In 1985 the late Pope John Paul II prayed in this church, whose status was elevated to that of a basilica two years later.

Church of Our Lady of Hanswijk

Church of Our Lady of Hanswijk

Church of Our Lady of Hanswijk

10 Comments CherryPie on May 29th 2014

10 Responses to “Church of Our Lady of Hanswijk”

  1. ....peter:) says:

    Both the inside and the outside are spectacular Cherie… what a wonderful series of pictures….peter:)

  2. Ginnie says:

    Timing is clearly everything, Cherry!!! What a beautiful church, even on the outside.

  3. james higham says:

    Second photo stunning.

  4. Astrid says:

    Absolute wonderful pictures. So many details. They did a great job, inside and outside.

  5. Inside is truly remarkable!