Rue Léon Colleaux
6762 Saint-Mard (Virton)
01 July - 31 August
Sun 14.00 - 18.00
Under the statue of Saint Médard, blessing with his left hand, the sculptor Trauffler, from Battincourt (Aubange), sculpted a Last Judgement representing Christ welcoming little children.
Four of the archway's capitals, sculpted in limestone, represent four of the seven deadly sins: envy, lust, anger and pride. Their faces are said to have been inspired by the inhabitants of Saint-Mard.
Left outside the Belgian defence lines during the First World War, the Gaume experienced a real disaster from 22 to 25 August 1914, with bloody fighting between the French and Germans, massacres of civilians and the destruction of entire villages (the so-called "Battle of the Borders"). Despite some bombings Saint-Mard was relatively spared, although many of its young people were sent to the front in the interior of the country. This stained glass window commemorates the sacrifice of these soldiers.
Baroque side altars from the former church of Saint-Mard, with wooden statues (Saint Sebastian, Saint Roch and Saint Medard (18th century)).
The old church of Saint-Mard was destroyed shortly before the new one was built. In Gothic style, with four belfries, it formed a seigniorial complex with the castle of Laittres and the Charnier monument (remains of the old cemetery), at the eastern exit of the locality, towards Chenois (300m from this church).
Oil on canvas by Camille Barthelemy.This internationally renowned painter (1890-1961) was born in Saint-Mard and died in Chiny. Trained at the Brussels Academy of Fine Arts, he produced numerous works in Morocco, France, Belgium and Luxembourg (oils, frescoes, theatre sets, etc.). Represented in several museums, he has produced several works for his native village. Strongly attached to the world of workers, he represents here Christ on the cross, venerated on both sides, notably by the workers of the steel industry.