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Church of Our Lady, Temse

Church of Our Lady
The Church of Our Lady in 2012
Temse is located in Belgium
Location of Temse in Belgium
General information
Architectural styleRomanesque
AddressMarket (no number)
Town or cityTemse
Coordinates51°7′27″N 4°12′50″E / 51.12417°N 4.21389°E / 51.12417; 4.21389

The Church of Our Lady (Dutch: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) is a church in the Belgian municipality of Temse. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and its foundation, which is presumed to date to 770, is attributed to Amalberga of Temse.[1]


This three-aisled hall church has a complex building history. Excavations in 1979 discovered a semicircular Romanesque apse. It is thought that other old parts are hidden under the plaster.[2] From the later Romanesque period have been preserved the three-aisled cruciform church with an eight-sided crossing tower and choir with a semicircular apse.[2] Tournai limestone was incorporated in the facades of the southern transept.[2]

Philip the Fair granted a special tax in 1496 to pay for the repair and reconstruction of the church after heavy fire damage. The choir is thought to date from the 1496 reconstruction, while the choir on the northern side dates from 1591.[2] In the 17th century the crossing tower was in poor condition. The repair was paid for through a levy of tithes by Saint Peter's Abbey in Ghent.[2] It was rebuilt under engineer Anton Wauters, after a design by Adriaan Nijs.[2] The choir on the southern side was added in 1842, and, also in the 19th century, parts of the church were extended and a baptistery, a northern portal, a southern stair tower, and sacristy (south) were also added. In 1979 the church was thoroughly restored, with roofing and drainage renewed.[2][3]

Inside the church there is an 18th-century sculpture by Adriaan Nijs and his son Philips Alexander and a mausoleum from 1517 of Roeland Lefèvre, the first lord of Temse. Silverware and a number of paintings, including one by Cornelis Schut, can also be seen. It was the church of Schut's parents-in-law.[4] Near the church is a statue of priest Edward Poppe.


  1. ^ Göttler, Christine; Mochizuki, Mia (2017). The Nomadic Object The Challenge of World for Early Modern Religious Art. Brill. p. 494. ISBN 9789004354500. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Decanale Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk" (in Dutch). Inventaris Vlaanderen. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  3. ^ Devos, Filip (2007). Devos, Filip; Vandeputte, Omer (eds.). Gids voor Vlaanderen: toeristische en culturele gids voor alle steden en dorpen in Vlaanderen (in Dutch). Lannoo. p. 1119. ISBN 9789020959635. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  4. ^ Wilmers, Gertrude; Schut, Cornelis (1996). Cornelis Schut (1597-1655) A Flemish Painter of the High Baroque. Isd. p. 159. ISBN 9782503504421. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
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Church of Our Lady, Temse
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