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No visit is complete to Dinant without this church

This church, along with the rock formation/citadel that is just above it is a key marker of the... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2018
murraytravels
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Sudbury, Canada
A major feature of the Dinant landscape.

This fantastic church, which is situated at the foot of the citadel, is a major part of the Dinant... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2018
johnhouston2
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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

The front entrance is closed - take the one on the right side (haha ;) ). The windows look beautiful and there is enough space to take pictures or to enjoy the silence. A lovely church with some interesting interior! Must see !

Thank Frischling_91
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Reviewed February 26, 2018

We visited the Church of Our Lady after having descended in cable car from the citadel Museum. It is a work of art, beautiful spectacular building.

Thank ADRENALINEGIRL2015
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Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

Out of all my visits to many churches in Eurupe this was the most unwelcoming church ever. Being a foreigner I couldn't understand the reason behind the closed doors. We tried passing by on two different days on different timings and all doors were closed. We couldn't understand the French written on the signs but could guess that during sermons no one is aloud to enter. I really hoped to enter and see the architecture inside. We only could take pictures from the outside. I don't think this place is used to tourists especially in January and that could be a reason.

Thank Saltiya1984
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Reviewed November 3, 2017

on our way going up to Citadelle, we really enjoyed visiting this 13th century Gothic architecture church. no entry fee is needed. the church is really well-maintained; and with very good stained glasses windows of 15th century, including a Ladon glass roof, one of the largest in Europe.

the present gothic style is the replacement of the 10th century Romanesque style, which was distroyed after a big rock falling collapshing part of the church in 1228.

Thank Wilwa_Tikta
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Reviewed October 17, 2017

Dinant - the name comes from the Celtic "Divo-Nanto" meaning "Sacred Valley" or "Divine Valley". On our first trip to Dinant, we decided to visit the Collegiale Church of Our Lady Dinant (Collégiale Notre Dame de Dinant) located on Place Reine Astrid, where Rue Adolphe Sax adjoins the Rue Grande. Built on the banks of the Meuse/Maas river, the church stands tall near the Citadel of Dinant.

This 13th century Roman Catholic church was built in the Gothic style, replacing a Romanesque church from the 10th century. An interesting fact is that the building is made of limestone known as the "black marble of Dinant". An onion dome was placed on top of the church in the 16th century - the iconic steeple.

There is a magnificent stained glass window in the church, one of the biggest in Europe. The bigger stained glass is a creation of G. Ladon and depicts bible scenes (from Creation to Redemption and Salvation). You'll find Latin inscription/writings on the stained glass.

Here you can view beautiful dinanderie artworks (finely cast and finished objects in a silvery brass alloy) as well as sculptures and paintings. The church has an organ built in the late 19th century which was restored in 2000. Further, you´ll find a bust of Saint Perpetuus (Saint Perpète), the patron saint of the town of Dinant, in the nave.

For history buffs, the church has witnessed the battles, wars and pillage which Dinant endured in the past centuries. In the mid 15th century, a large part of the church was burned when Charles the Bold (aka Charles the Rash), Duke of Burgundy, marched into Dinant and sacked the city. On 23 August 1914, during the Battle of Dinant (First World War), Dinant was bombarded by German artillery batteries and the church was burned.

Admission to the church is free. The information boards are in 2 languages - French and Flemish Dutch. Highly recommended for stained glass lovers and those who are interested in learning more about the history of Dinant.

It was a memorable visit and I hope to visit Dinant and the church again in the future.

Thank Pannekoek77
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