6982 Maboge (La Roche-en-Ardenne)
01 March - 31 October
Mon 10.00 - 18.00
Tue 10.00 - 18.00
Wed 10.00 - 18.00
Thu 10.00 - 18.00
Fri 10.00 - 18.00
Sat 10.00 - 18.00
Sun 10.00 - 18.00
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
Surrounded by the cemetery and completed in 1867, St. Roch's Chapel is a building in flake-stone (probably Ottré's) and bluestone, in an eclectic style, typical of the Belgian monumental style of the XIXth century.
On the right part of its façade, the chapel welcomes a statue of St. Rochus in bluestone, originally placed on the railing of the bridge, built in 1952, which spans the small road leading to Borzée, which spans the Ri du Sart. The right flank of the chapel is decorated with tombstones from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The furniture is of contemporary construction, in the 18th century tradition.
KIKIRPA : Photo-library online
Statue of Saint Rochus in bluestone (20th century). Saint Rochus of Montpellier lived in the 14th century and is known for his dedication in taking care of the victims of the plague of Rome and Piacenza. Rochus got the disease himself and isolated himself in a forest, near Piacenza. Only the hunting dog of the local lord came to feed him by bringing him daily bread stolen on his master's table. The latter, intrigued by the animal's orbit, followed him in the forest and discovered the wounded saint, whom he could save in this way.
Saint Rochus is usually represented with his dog (Roquet, hence the term pug to refer to a dog) and has a pest bump on his thigh.
Statue, initially polychrome, is unfortunately covered with white paint. Saint Donatus of Bad Münstereifel (Eifel, Germany) is a saint from the second century, invoking against lightning and storms. The main church of Arlon is dedicated to him.
Polychrome wooden statue, probably dating from the 18th century. He is depicted with his usual attributes: the palm of martyrdom and the whim, the instrument of his execution in 258. According to the account of his martyrdom, Laurentius, the church's property manager, would not have found a better way to protect them from the persecutors' predatory tendencies than to distribute them among the poor.
Virgin and child, dressed in a beautiful gilded robe, restored in 2015 by the Dominican Sisters of Cracow.
Etendard of the pastoral unity of La Roche-en-Ardenne, "Heart of the Ardennes on the Ourthe". It shows the forests of the Ardennes, children who evoke joy and brotherhood, the four fundamental elements (the water (the Ourthe), the earth (ochre), the fire (red), the misty sky of the area (turquoise)). But also the seasons (by the colors of the leaves), the fish (symbol of Christianity and the richness of the river), the creation of the man and the woman. The red line still symbolises Peter's boat, which unites heaven and earth.
The Stations of the Cross from 1958, work of the Parisian painter Henri Heiderscheid, born in Algiers in 1943. He commemorates the Passion story of Jesus in 14 painted wooden panels.
From bell tower to bell tower in the heart of the Ardennes (car 2 route) - Several churches are built on the very site of very old oratories, of which they have preserved traces. Some were destroyed and then rebuilt, especially after the Religious Wars. Others, more recent, testify to the styles in vogue at the time of our (great-)grandparents....
From bell tower to bell tower in the heart of the Ardennes (cycle route 1) - How lucky we are to have so many "building stones" in our basement. In this part of the Ardennes, it is mainly schist and sandstone that we find, or even a mixture of the two. The churches built in these rocks draw a very particular strength of character from them... A route for lovers of climbing.