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This church is a remarkable building that was constructed during different building periods. The oldest part (dates back to the second half of the twelfth century) is a square sandstone tower with four floors in Romanesque style. The walls of the tower are decorated in a remarkable fashion with, among other things, interlaced arches. The oldest clock in this tower dates back to 1669.
The nave and the choir are Gothic and some elements date back to the thirteenth century. In the choir, there is a beautiful round window oriented to the east. All the stained glass windows depict events that revolve around the life of Mary. During the 80 year war between Spain and the Netherlands the Geuzen burned the church down (around 1580) and substantial repairs were needed afterwards. The statue of Our Lady with Child (sixteenth or seventeenth century) used to attract thousands of pilgrims to Herent. She was called upon for blindness and eye diseases. A half moon crescent rests at Mary’s feet, which is quite exceptional. It can be used as a dating element: in 1571 the Pope encouraged the European Christians to pray the Rosary to help the armies that were battling the Turks in Central Europe. That same year the Christians won. Since then Mary became the ‘conqueror of the Turkish danger’.
Notice the images of the four Evangelists on the exterior shell of the oak pulpit (eighteenth century). The organ that was made by Robustelly, an organ builder from Liège, is over 200 years old. It was thoroughly restored in 1997.
The Neo-Gothic main altar dates back to 1908 and is made of gilded bronze. It was donated to the church by its parishioners. You can see the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham on the left altarpiece. The tabernacle doors are decorated with enamel. On the left are the symbols of the Eucharist (Host and chalice) and on the right there is an image of a pelican that feeds his young with his own blood (the sacrifice of the Cross and the Eucharist).
Inventory for Architectural heritage. M. Piot (2003) Geschiedenis van Herent, van prehistorie tot 21ste eeuw, Genootschap voor Heemkunde Herent
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