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Collégiale de Nivelles.

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Update 1/4/2004

The church was built in early Ottonian-romanesque style and consacreted in 1046 by WAZON, bishop of Liege, in the presence of the emperor Henry III.

This large sanctuary is characterized by two transepts and two choirs, which is a specific structure of collegiale churches at the time. The eastern choir is raised above a crypt.

The mighty front building, called the Westbau, was constructed during the 12th century, it has an aspe, two tribune-chapels on the second floor, a 132 step staircase, a high-room, known as the Imperial Room , 60 ft. long and vaulted , an octogonal steeple (restaured in romanesque instead of the gothic spire destroyed in May 1940), a belfry with 49 bells (a total of 31.500 lbs. of chiming bronze) and two corner turrets. The southern one shelters JEAN DE NIVELLES the RINGER (Jacquemart), a 6 ft. 7 tall and 770 lbs. heavy guilded warrior carrying a hammer, this popular gentleman has rung the bell since 1400. Damaged durind WW2, the Westbau was restaured and the work completed in 1984.

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