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This is Belgium's hilltop national site venerating the Virgin Mary. The seven-sided basilica, topped by the country's first Baroque dome, was built by Cobergher, from 1609 to 1627, and stands at the centre of a geometrical urban layout, with seven avenues converging on it. A tall tower rises at the back the building. Inside, the radiating chapels display six brightly-coloured paintings by Van Loon, depicting the Lives of St Anne and the Virgin.

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  • Church Interesting

    r. de l'Abbaye 1 B - 3271 Averbode

    This fine abbey church built by Van den Eynde from 1664 to 1672 resembles those in Grimbergen and Ninove. Its undulating façade displays the statues of St Norbert on the right and St John the Baptist, patron of the abbey, on the left. The interior ha..

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  • Church

    N212 B - 3271 Zichem

    The church of this town, where Ernest Claes was born, houses a fine 16C triptych depicting the life of its patron St Eustace. Note Belgium's oldest stained-glass window (1397) over the high-altar.

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  • Conventual Buildings

    r. de l'Abbaye 1 B - 3271 Averbode

    These buildings were burned down in 1942, except for the cloister, chapter-house and sacristy adorned with fine 18C woodwork. Note the interesting portraits of abbots since the 17C in the cloister and a De Crayer painting in the chapter-house.

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