Basilica of Our Lady

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Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 7
6211 HD Maastricht
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The spot where the Basilica of Our Lady now stands was the site of a small church as early as the fifth century AD. This was probably the oldest Christian church in the Netherlands and may have been built on top of the remains of a Roman temple. The base of the westwork houses two enormous stones that originate from the Roman fortress. The Basilica of Our Lady, or 'slevrouwe’ (Our Lady) as it also known by the locals, is a fine example of Romanesque architecture.

Several exceptional works of art can be found in the church. The treasure room also has a large number of objects of ecclesiastical art and crafts such as luxuriously embroidered copes and chasubles, the ‘Levite Dress’ of Saint Lambert (Maastricht's last bishop), relics in ornate reliquaries, procession banners, and religious silver objects and statues.

 

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The spot where the Basilica of Our Lady now stands was the site of a small church as early as the fifth century AD. This was probably the oldest Christian church in the Netherlands and may have been built on top of the remains of a Roman temple. The base of the westwork houses two enormous stones that originate from the Roman fortress. The Basilica of Our Lady, or 'slevrouwe’ (Our Lady) as it also known by the locals, is a fine example of Romanesque architecture.

Several exceptional works of art can be found in the church. The treasure room also has a large number of objects of ecclesiastical art and crafts such as luxuriously embroidered copes and chasubles, the ‘Levite Dress’ of Saint Lambert (Maastricht's last bishop), relics in ornate reliquaries, procession banners, and religious silver objects and statues.

 

Both religious and non-religious visitors and residents often light a candle in reverence. The candles cast mesmerizing reflections on the glass behind which Mary shines bright. It is a beautiful sight and definitely worth a visit, whether as a one off or as a ritual!

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