Rue du Centre 75
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
Sunday 10 am
Tuesday and Thursday 7 pm
Wednesday and Friday 8 am
Following the damages of time and the Battle of the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-45, the old sanctuary, the first traces of which go back to 692, was destroyed and rebuilt at the beginning of the 1960s in the Neo-Romanesque style. On the exterior one will admire the beautiful dome-shaped bell tower and its four pinnacle turrets. In the interior, the choir with a circular apse opens onto a unique rectangular nave.
Here the baptismal fonts from the 16th century have been kept, and under the altars of the aisles the shrine of Saint Andrew (17th century), and above all that of Saint Symetre (13th century). A beautiful example of goldsmithing work in the Rhineland-Romanesque tradition. Saint Symetre is a saint who is not well known (perhaps a Roman martyr) but as they say in Lierneux with humour, surely a very "great" saint… with a name like that…
Two beautiful tombstones with coats of arms should also be noted in the chapel in the back.
The church of Lierneux, officially dedicated to Saint André, was also formerly dedicated to Saint Symetre. This little known saint was a Christian martyr in the 2nd century, buried in Rome. Its silver shrine from the middle of the 13th century bears the characteristics of Mosan art: its shape of a chest surmounted by a roof, its long sides divided into boxes, the technique of ‘embossed and chiselled’ to shape the reliefs, the uniform features of the faces with a slight smile... The shrine of Saint Symetre is not exactly a masterpiece but it is a rare witness of the influence of Mosan art on popular art at that time..
Under the right altar is the shrine of Saint Andrew, an apostle, brother of Saint Peter, crucified on an X-shaped cross. This silver hunt is three centuries older than that of Saint Symetre. As it does not correspond in any way to what is found in the Mosan and Rhine regions, it is usually described as a "German" work.
The baptismal font, which dates back to the 16th century, reminds us that the church was built in ancient times. They are made of carved blue stone. We can recognize the effigy of the four rivers of Paradise, as well as several faces in low relief, of a very naive construction.
In the baptismal chapel is a work by the painter André Simar (born in 1927), entitled "The Resurrection of Jesus". The artist, fascinated by colour since childhood, produces an atypical and abundant work that explodes with life and energy. His fragmented style draws from different registers: the comic strip but also stained glass and collage while borrowing techniques from both pointillism and mosaic.
Two high-quality funeral slabs are visible in the chapel. They belong to two priests, Father François Gerkinet (died in 1758) and his successor at the church of Lierneux, the Reverend P.-F. Dupont (died in 1780). They are cut from slate blocks, common in the region.
Outside the church, remarkable for its bulbous bell tower and its four little bell towers, there is also a collection of carved stone crosses (notably in Ottré stone, so smooth to the touch, typical of the region). The motifs that stand out are characteristic of the late 18th and 19th centuries: skull and bone, six-pointed star, candlesticks, stylized flowers...
This itinerary for bike, motorcycle or car, gives pride of place to the region. It takes you through a gentle and rounded countryside. The paths invite you to wander around. But the landscape of meadows and forests that you will discover has not always been there!