1320 Tourinnes-la-Grosse (Beauvechain)
Church | X-XVIII | Romanesque | Roman Catholic Church
01 January - 31 December
Mon 9.00 - 19.00
Tue 9.00 - 19.00
Wed 9.00 - 19.00
Thu 9.00 - 19.00
Fri 9.00 - 19.00
Sat 9.00 - 19.00
Sun 9.00 - 19.00
November : Fêtes de la Saint-Martin
Monday-Wednesday-Thursday : 7 pm
Tuesday : 9 am
Sunday : 10.15 am
One climbs a little cobbled street and on the knoll one finds one of the most noteworthy Romanesque churches in the country. It is an assured hit for lovers of the simplicity and the moderation of early Romanesque style. Our attention is drawn first to the large and bulky square tower with thick walls which clearly justifies the description added to the name of the village. The church is one of the oldest in the country and dates from the Xth century.
The restoration started in the 1950’s has successfully given the church back its early appearance: square columns, a very wide, low nave, small upper windows, wooden ceiling and white-washed walls.
Every November for the last 40 years, the church has also been the centre of a drama and music festival in which all the local inhabitants take part. This “fête of Saint-Martin”. was started by the ceramist Max van der Linden, some of whose beautiful works can be found inside.
It is an enchanting place: an ancient graveyard surrounding the building, a large rectory, an outstanding view.