9620 Velzeke (Zottegem)
01 January - 31 December
Mon 9.30 - 17.00
Tue 9.30 - 17.00
Wed 9.30 - 17.00
Thu 9.30 - 17.00
Fri 9.30 - 17.00
Sat 9.30 - 17.00
Sun 9.30 - 17.00
This Roman officer of Hungarian descent, stationed in Amiens, shares his cloak with a beggar that later turns out to be Christ himself. This immediately leads to his conversion to Christianity. He later became bishop of the archdiocese of Tours.
In 1910, the statue was delivered by Van Biesbrouck from the city of Ghent.
Saint Martin of Tours is the patron saint of the church. That’s why one can also find next to the statue, a mural of Saint Martin on the north side of the high choir and also a white stone sculpture that represents Saint Martin of Tours that one can find outside on the left side of the church entrance.
In Baroque style, gilded and accommodated with a rather large cylindrical tabernacle on which one can see a chalice with wafer and some cherubs. Below, one can see a ‘Lamb of God’ with cross. On the base, there’s an All-seeing Eye of God with halo (the God who sees me). On top, one can find a beautiful carved out Christ on the cross that stands on a globe. The origin of this piece of furniture is still unknown, but it was restored in 1734 by Lambertus Panne (for the remuneration of 18 pounds).
Originally, one even used the base as a storage place, but later the tabernacle on top was created. The pastor of Velzeke once even got reprimanded by someone who complained that the tabernacle opened at the back.
In 2009 and 2010, several statues and church furniture were restored, amongst which the statue of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, a statue of the Sacred Heart, a statue of Mary, Saint Joseph and Child, Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Barbara, several wooden pedestals and plaster corbels.
The most beautiful statues are that of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, dating from 1601 to 1650, sculpted in wood.
It was made in oak by the sculptor Camiel Lippens from Ghent in 1886. It then cost 2600 francs. With the exception of the candlesticks, it originally came with canon boards and an iron fence.
Like everywhere else, this altar stands to the women’s side of the church, to the left that is.The wooden Madonna statue is remarkably austere and beautiful. It refers to the Woman of the Apocalypse, who stands on the Crescent Moon and who conquers evil, in this case represented by a dragon. The two Latin texts correlate to the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
In 1888, the altar was made by Camiel Lippens and this also for the price of 2600 francs. The tiny statue is older and dates from 1646 and was rescued from the fire in 1728.
The legend tells that Saint Wilgefortis was the daughter of a pagan king from Portugal. She was a Christian and her father wished that she would marry the king of Sicily. To avoid marrying the pagan king, Wilgefortis begged God to make her physically unattractive to men. Her prayer was answered and led to the beautiful princess growing a beard. Her father had her crucified due to her disobedience.
Modern paintings of the ‘Broken Christ’ and of the ‘Resurrected Christ’ (by the local artist Koen Penninck (2016).