9308 Gijzegem (Aalst)
01 June - 30 September
Fri 13.30 - 18.00
Sat 13.30 - 18.00
Sun 13.30 - 18.00
+32 53 78 88 84
In the 18th century, the old church of Saint Martin fell into ruin and was demolished in 1771. Under the impuls of baron Frans Goos (1732-1786), then lord of Gijzegem, and of Frans Vrebosch (1728-1805), pastor of Gijzegem, it was replaced by the present-day church. On November 12th 1772, the first mass was celebrated in the new church.
The floor plan of the church shows a nave with 3 aisles and five round arches, ending in Toscan columns and a closed off 3-sided choir.
The vestry on the south side dates from 1774, the baptistery and storage space on the north side were added in 1933, according to a design by architect Henri Valcke from Gent.
The classicistic, west pointed wall is flanked by heavy square corner pillars. It has a drainage frame resting on pillars with classic-styled vases. On top of the wall is an 8-sided tower with round-arch belfry windows and an ornamented wooden, slate-covered lantern.
On either side of the arched door with heavy bluestone edges are round-arch recesses in bluestone and carries the date: ANNO (left)-1772(right).
The interior is typical rococo with several classical elements.
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The original wooden polychrome statue of Our Lady of Gijzegem, from an unknown artist, was stoled in the early 1960s. A duplicate was made based on photo’s of the original (see inventory KIK).This beautiful statue is now in the Maria chapel, to the left of the magnificent Van Peteghem organ and was made in 1982 by Daniël Vanhaute at the Academy of Fine Arts in Anderlecht.
The baptismal font, also placed in the Maria chapel, was made in 1862 by the stonemason Van Assche from Dendermonde.