The Ducal Church of Our Lady in Alsemberg has a long history. The origin of the church dates back to the 12th century, to a small and simple chapel near a medieval farmstead. Legend has it that St. Elisabeth/Mary of Hungary founded a church on this site in 1225, in which a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary was housed. After a series of apparitions near the churchs statue of Mary, Alsemberg became a well-known place of pilgrimage. This gave the church its ducal title, attracting many prominent nobles, including Philip the Good, Charles V and Leopold I. To this day the Church of Our Lady remains a renowned place of pilgrimage.
The church has undergone various renovations and restorations over the centuries. In the middle of the 19th century, a Gothic spire was added, giving the Ducal Church its characteristic, present appearance. The interior of the church, with its baroque confessionals and its baptistery with authentic Romanesque baptismal font, are guaranteed to inspire the imagination.
Contact and further details
Address: Kapelaansplein (no n°), B-1652 Alsemberg
Openinghours from November 2021 until March 2022:
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10h - 12h
Sunday: 14h - 16h