CHAPELLE DE LA ROSE

CHAPELLE DE LA ROSE

At the end of the 13th century a convent was erected on the instructions of a noble lady who lived in this town. The convent at the same time served as a hospital and a monastery for the Augustinian sisters, who were responsible for the care of the sick. Barring a short interruption at the time of the French Revolution, they continued to do so until the early 1980s. The hospital had since been transformed into a nursing home. After the sisters’ departure, the retirement home was taken over by the local government.

The showpiece of the monastery was this late Gothic chapel, founded in the early 17th century. For a long time it was a place of pilgrimage for the cure of intestinal disorders. During a fire in the early 2000s, part of the monastery was destroyed, but fortunately the chapel was spared. In its current state, the chapel consists of two parts: the original chapel, constructed in late Gothic style from brick and bluestone. An extension in neoclassical style, dating from the mid-19th century, formed a physical connection between the existing chapel and the hospital, to give patients the opportunity to attend the worship services from the balcony. At the back of the chapel, on the left, you can still see the old refectory, also built in brick and blue stone with a beautiful vintage facade from the early 17th century.


CHARLIES CHAPEL

CHARLIES CHAPEL

This single-aisled brick chapel in honor of Our Lady of Seven Woes was built in 1883 in neo-gothic style. It is located on the castle domain of Chateau Jumanji and served as a neighborhood chapel and starting point for the district procession. The chapel contains a three-sided choir with a painted wooden altar and with a polychrome statue of Our Lady of Seven Woees. Behind the iron closing gate is a ship with benches. On the walls; white painted images of saints on baroque consoles with angel figures including Saint Joseph, Saint Anthony and Saint Margaret. Although it is listed as heritage, the chapel is in a particularly deplorable condition and there are noticeable cracks in the walls and multiple subsidence. Since the chapel was opened, the situation has only deteriorated visibly. Several statues were destroyed by vandalism. As part of the renovation work on the manor, the chapel has already been emptied in light of the pending renovation…


GREEN WORLD

GREEN WORLD

This large farm is one of the buildings in a park around a chateau, including the caretaker’s house. It is located within the castle domain, northeast of the castle.  The farm consists of anchored brick buildings under saddle roofs (decorative red and black Flemish tiles), set around an inner courtyard. The farm dates back largely to the fourth quarter of the 19th century. The south wing is formed by beautiful conservatory and aviary, now overgrown by weeds, which gave rise to the pseudonym “Green World”. The chapel that was added to the north wing is much more recent. 

The last photo is an inside view of the separate chapel in the forest to the south of the farm. This was originally the ice cellar. It dates from the fourth quarter of the 19th century and was established as a chapel in the beginning of the 1990′s. The octagonal pavilion of brick and knotty wood stands on a plinth of local iron sandstone. The plastered interior contains recycled neo-Gothic high reliefs from a West Flemish abbey. The stained-glass windows were recuperated from an unspecified demolished Walloon church.


CONVENT SM

CONVENT SM

On my first visit to this former neuro-psychiatric clinic, only one pavilion was accessible. This is the neo-traditional main building and the neo-Gothic chapel. Both were recently vacated. The main building, built of red brick, originally comprised the administration and the convent of the sisters and included several wings. The chapel of the institution is located in the axis of the main entrance. Both the monastery and the chapel were almost completely emptied, probably in light of the upcoming renovation of the whole. In the chapel you can still find the original confessional and behind the chapel the autopsy table is left in the mortuary. That’s pretty much it as far as furniture is concerned… Nevertheless, it was all in all a nice visit, which yielded some nice pictures, despite the emptiness. 

CLICK HERE to check out the article of my visit to the Sainte Cecile pavilion of this institution, which I visited about a year ago… 


MADONNA DI PASQUA

MADONNA DI PASQUA

This remarkable neo-gothic chapel originally belonged to an orphanage and home for the elderly, that was founded around 1840. The buildings were extended 15 years later and supplemented with the chapel. Later the complex would be further expanded to become a full-fledged hospital. The oldest part of the original orphanage was demolished, but the south wing, with the chapel attached to it, has been protected as a monument since 1985 and has also been partly restored. Due to the relocation of the hospital activities the entire site was vacated. Unfortunately, it did not take long for vandals to find their way to the chapel. I visited the chapel twice with an interval of only two weeks and even in that short time the abundant vandalism was quite striking…


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