Church of Our Lady of Hanswijk
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.
The Hanswijk Procession takes place on the Sunday before Assumption.
In the Arsenaal district, just outside the city centre, you can also visit the Chapel of Our Lady of Hanswijk (O.L.V.-van-Hanswijkkapel). This heo-Gothic chapel dates from 1913 and was recently renovated by local residents. It marks the precise spot where veneration of the Virgin Mary first began in Mechelen. Some time around the year 900, a statue of Mary was unloaded here from a ship so that it would not lie so low in the water and could continue on its way. You can visit the chapel on Sundays from May to September from 2 to 4 pm
|Monday||09:00 - 17:00|
|Tuesday||09:00 - 17:00|
|Wedensday||09:00 - 17:00|
|Thursday||09:00 - 17:00|
|Friday||09:00 - 17:00|
|Saturday||09:00 - 17:00|
|Sunday||09:00 - 17:00|
- January 1st
- 24th of December
- 25 December
- December 31
Partly accessible by wheelchair
For more information about access, feel free to contact the venue.
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