Rue de Jausse
5100 Wierde (Namur)
01 January - 31 December
Mon 9.00 - 18.00
Tue 9.00 - 18.00
Wed 9.00 - 18.00
Thu 9.00 - 18.00
Fri 9.00 - 18.00
Sat 9.00 - 18.00
Sun 9.00 - 18.00
Saturday 6.30 pm or EgliseInfo
Predating the church, it was originally a defensive tower that served as a refuge for the noble family and the surrounding populations in case of danger. Isolated, it had only a defensive role and was probably covered at the beginning with a "hourd", a kind of removable wooden platform. From that distant era it still has some loopholes. Its only access was from the south side (side of the Cemetery) through a door located high up, which meant that it was only accessible by a ladder. Once removed, access to the tower became impossible. This access - still visible - was archered in the middle Ages.
The magnificent 12th century baroque buffet is the oldest in Namur. According to some sources it comes from the nearby abbey of Géronsart (Jambes). The archives of this abbey mention the intervention, in 1763, of the Barnabé factor, then in 1780 of Ditgen. Given the rarity of 17th century Walloon organs, the path of restoration is essential.
Under the rood pole, work by sculptor Jean Willame; a series of small polished granite blocks, which mark out a route that is both hesitant and precise - which runs as if along small narrow streets - from the place of the Last Supper (in the centre of the composition) to that of the Resurrection (on the far right). Unusually, it has 16 stations rather than 14 as usual.
The altar, the credence (opposite the sacristy door), the lintel of the front door - representing some scenes from rural life - are also the work of Jean Willame, as well as the baptismal font that stands out in its simplicity.
The stained glass windows are the work of Jean Londot: a small one above the entrance door of the tower, 3 large ones in the choir and a small one above the baptismal font (in the absidiole of the left side nave). In fine weather, the lateral stained glass windows of the choir project a wonderful palette of colors on the opposite wall, like a kaleidoscope, in the morning through the right stained glass window, and at the end of the day through the left stained glass window.
Admirable of life with its old slabs with patinas reflecting the weight of the years. Although black, it makes a particularly bright reflection.