Saint Ursmer Collegiate Church

Saint Ursmer Collegiate Church is Belgium's oldest Carolingian church.

Its history is linked to that of the nearby Saint Peter's Abbey, destroyed by revolutionary troops in 1794.

Successively a burial church, parish church then collegiate church, it was also a place of pilgrimage in honour of Saint Ursmer, one of the abbey's founders in the 12th century.

The construction is a precious witness to Carolingian and pre-Roman art.

The nave is the church's oldest section, while the chancel and tower-porch date back to the 11th century.

The Roman crypt shelters the Merovingian remains of Saint Ursmer and Saint Ermin, as well as the burial stones of 16th-century abbots.
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