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Built from 1646 to 1650, the church Récollets complemented the convent of the Congregation of Récollets installed in Verviers early 17th century. On the facade, the church had a niche containing a stone sculpture of white sand of the Virgin Mary and child. It suffered greatly from pollution, smoke candles and a fire in 1810 ... so that when restoring, it was simply painted black. In 1893, a tower was added to the building according to plans by architect Ghent Van Assche.
In this church would place a miracle, the miracle of the Black Madonna.

The miracle of the Black Madonna

During an earthquake September 18, 1692, people ran to seek refuge in the church. It was then that many believers observed that the position of the Virgin and Child had changed: the two faces were turned toward each other, the hands of the child and mother were reconciled to the point of touch and the bust of Christ was directed to that of the virgin. 104 witnesses were interviewed to confirm the facts and four years later re-interviewed to verify the accuracy of their version. The city archives still contain the original statements made in the presence of the Dean of Saint-Remacle and signatures of witnesses.

The legend of Our Lady of Récollets is still told in the chapel of the church.

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