Place du Bailliage
5500 Bouvignes-sur-Meuse (Dinant)
01 April - 15 November
daily except on Monday :
only by arrangement : +32-82-22 33 25
Paying guide by arrangement :
via la Maison du patrimoine médiéval mosan
(open daily except on Monday)
www.mpmm.be - firstname.lastname@example.org +32-82-22 36 16
First Saturday of the month : 4 pm (winter) - 5 pm (summer)
Sunday and Holidays : 10.30 am
Bouvignes is located on the Meuse opposite Dinant and one has the feeling that time has stopped here. The town was once known for its copper beaters and was prosperous. Traces of this are still visible today with the remains of the count’s ancient castle and the keep of Crèvecoeur which dominates the village.
Amongst the old blue stone or timbered houses, of which the old Spanish or so called bailiff’s house is one, stands the imposing church with its powerful square tower. The building dates from the 12th century. Over the centuries it has been subjected to a number of destructions, transformations and renovations. After the damage caused by the 1914-1918 war early Gothic style was emphasised.
Inside is a very beautiful altarpiece of the true cross created in 16th century Antwerp, a 15th century Christ Pieta and a pulpit.
For a year now, the church has kept a very beautiful invitation to prayer: more than a hundred holy images or icons from Russia and Greece from the 16th to the 21st century.
Detours and other pilgrimages in Namur (loop 4) - The time machine does not yet exist. Maybe one day... In the meantime, if you want to go back a few centuries, a short walk through Bouvignes and Dinant is a must.