9831 Deurle (Sint-Martens-Latem)
16 March - 15 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
16 October - 15 March
Mon 10.00 - 17.00
Tue 10.00 - 17.00
Wed 10.00 - 17.00
Thu 10.00 - 17.00
Fri 10.00 - 17.00
Sat 10.00 - 17.00
Sun 10.00 - 17.00
This village of artists at the banks of the river Lys has a beautiful, Neo-Roman church dedicated to Saint Aldegonde. The brick construction dates back to 1830, after the original Roman church was demolished.
In contrast with the Neo-Roman outside, the interior of the church is Neo-Classical.
Most church treasures and the furniture date back to the 19th century.
The pulpit (1835) shows the symbols of the four evangelists and representations of Saint Aldegonde, Saint Peter and the Holy Saviour. The platform is carried by the Tree of life.
A few paintings date back to the 17th century and are ascribed to the Flemish School: The Lamentation (by Antoon Van Dyck), the Adoration of Shepherds, the Circumcision of Christ and Our Lady Immaculata.
The right side altar is dedicated to Saint Aldegonde. On the antepedium or parament below the altar we can see how Aldegonde is healing the sick. The polychrome oak statue on the altar (1635) represents the saint as Mother Superior with book, staff and rosary because she was the founder of the monastery of Maubeuge.
Old tombstones from the 18th and 19th century can be found in the choir as well as in the side isles. Several artists are buried around the church, including Gustave De Smet (painter and next to Constant Permeke one of the most famous names of Flemish Expressionism) and his brother Leon De Smet. Gaston Martens also found his final resting place here. He was playwright and author of the play ‘De Paradijsvogels’, which was later used by the national television channel Eén as inspiration for a fiction show of the same name.
The church can also be used as concert hall. The restored organ was first used in 1992.
Every sunday a film about the history of the church is played "Dorla, in the shade of Saint Aldegonde".
Short version of the film.
Hiking nearby :
* Walking route Sint-Martens-Latem and Deurle
* Walking route Sint-Martens- Latem : of painters, poets and authors (9km)
* Signposted walk Gust De Smet (6,5 km). Alongside the route stand informative boards with information on the sites, artists and their oeuvre.