Folklore And Tradition : Religion
The Trinity folkloric marches in Walcourt
The Sunday following Trinity Sunday, Walcourt invites you to the great folkloric march in honour of Notre-Dame. A heritage recognised by UNESCO! The legend of Notre-Dame in Walcourt.
Notre-Dame in Walcourt is one of the oldest Marian statues in Belgium. This Romanesque Virgin dates from the end of the 10th century. In the year of the Lord 1288, an immense fire destroyed the entire city of Walcourt. Thierry II, Lord of Walcourt, was delighted to hear that the statue of the Virgin was intact. Believing that this was a miracle, he built an abbey in her honour.
Trinity constitutes one of the most important folkloric demonstrations in Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse.
The procession starts at midday.
The Jardinet ceremony takes place at 2pm, and the procession returns at 6pm.
The town of Walcourt perpetuates a folklore dating back to the Middle Ages. Trinity Sunday (that which follows Pentecost), sees the Notre-Dame Military March with more than 500 armed men escorting the Notre-Dame procession following the "Grand Tour".
You can find more information on the Trinity March website (in French only).
The Great Trinity Tour
The Great Tour is at your disposal.
A 7km route marked out by chapels boasts neighbouring crests with incredible views over the Saint-Matern Basilica, a gem of Wallonian architectural heritage.
A religious period defined by the Napoleonic era, the Marches evolved during the 20th century to arrive at what they are today.
Find out more about the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse Marches at Folkloric Marches of the Region of Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse, Calendar of the Marches and UNESCO.
Tourist information on the town WALCOURT
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