Sainte-Gertrude

In this sunny May Day, I invite you to a tourist exit.
Towards Nivelles.

City of Aclots is a charming little town of Brabant. Clean streets, friendly people and many terraces.
For a historical summary, Nivelles owes its existence to the establishment of a double monastery (one for chicks and for the guys) in 647, this brilliant idea (at the time) back to Amand, bishop of Maastricht. Thus, Amand asked Pepin of Landen (an ancestor of Charlemagne) him spinning a small part of its territory to build his monastery.
Nepotism is already in vogue, Amand appointed his wife Itte Idoberge (what a name !) and his daughter Gertrude to the head of the small sociaty. Imagine a lady big boss of a community of men... At the time, it had to make a big splash.
The life goes on, the monastery became Abbey and Gertrude pass from life to death. Quickly canonized, pilgrims flock to pray at his grave and soon the little abbey church became too cramped. It was therefore decided to rebuild several times a new church on the previous one and thus was born the current collegiate Sainte Gertrude. We are then in the year 992.

Changed little over the centuries, if we disregard the tower, the church has unfortunately not survive the last World War. Devastated by German bombing in May 1940, a reconstruction begins when the Armistice was signed. After 50 years of work, the collegiate church was refurbished with its characteristic silhouette.

The visit was unfortunately marred by human stupidity. A squalling brat and a mother unable to care for her offspring. Usually, religious buildings are relaxing, but not here.
There is nothing really respect...

Anyway, Nivelles, it's great.
Do not hesitate to spend a day.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

The imposing westbau of the collegiate church.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

After the German bombardment, there were only the walls.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

Only Gothic vaults have resisted.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

Each keystone is decorated with a different coat of arms.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

A big thanks to the guide who's me exceptionally allowed access to the cloister !

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

Some bells that survived the fire of May 1940.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

Friendly tombstone...

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

Some details.
The furniture was partially evacuated before the bombing.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

Sporting Club ?

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

The western choir, destroyed in 1662 and replaced by a Baroque portal.
The apse will be returned during the post-war restoration.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

From left to right : westau, the western transept, the nave and the eastern transept.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

Externally, only this pinion allows some decorations.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

It's called the pinion Saint-Pierre.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

The jacquemart Jean de Nivelles, dating from the 15th century.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

The eastern choir and apse.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

The Baroque portal of the collegiate church was moved to the Dodaine Park during restorations.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

Very pleasant park where you can catch a resolutely classical statue with... a locomotive.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

It also shows the cherubim strong imposing or threatening.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

 

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

The church is visible from many parts of the city.
And it watches over it for more than a millennium.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

To almost finish : a view of the Gothic tower before 1940.

Collegiate Church of Sainte-Gertrude of Nivelles

Home-coming !

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May 2013

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