Saint Gertrude Collegiate Church
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Nivelle's collegiate church was consecrated in 1046 by Wazon, bishop of Liège, in presence of Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor and is the city's masterpiece.
This imposing Roman style sanctuary has a two-headed plan with two transepts and two opposing choirs. The interior of the collegiate church impresses through its dimensions: 102 m long for the central nave, which makes this one of the largest Roman churches in the world.
The west work (or "westbau") consist of an apse, 2 chapel-galleries, a large high room ("imperial room"), an octagonal clock tower and 2 corner turrets.
You can also visit the crypt, the archaeological basement and the cloister. The southern turret houses Jean de Nivelles, a small copper warrior of 2,08m high.
Closed on Sunday morning and during masses.
Info: Office du Tourisme de Nivelles asbl, Rue de Saintes 48, B 1400 Nivelles.
Other phone number for information: +32 (0)67/21 54 13
Guided tours: individuals: weekdays at 2 pm, weekends and public holidays at 2 pm and 3.30 pm - groups (25 people at the most): by appointment, from 9 am to 5 pm.
Languages: French, Dutch, German, English, Italian.
Duration of the visit: 1h30.
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