Images of a saint


15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

Images of a saint

A healer and the patron saint of the municipality, Saint Guy brought fame to Anderlecht for hundreds of years. The collegiate church still contains his relics, once the focus of great devotion, as well as numerous religious works of art connected with his worship. The most important of these include reliquaries, a large altarpiece created by the painter Gaspar de Crayer, and the imposing Neoclassical pulpit. Through a selection of representative works, the public will be able to gain a better understanding of the historical and religious importance of the Anderlecht saint and the devotion he inspired in former times. In the polychromy workshop at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, the focus will be on a particularly important and precious wooden polychrome statue of Saint Guy that is currently undergoing restoration. This statue was sculpted in wood from a miraculous oak tree cut down in 1633 and which, according to legend, had been planted by Guy himself. Using a stereoscopic microscope it will be possible to examine the polychrome details on the statue, which has been painted over numerous times through the centuries, with the result that Guy has been literally dressed in “new clothes” several times. Tours of the collegiate church will be complemented by an educational exhibition entitled “Saint Guy of Anderlecht: between legend and history”.

A partnership between the Church Fabrique (the council responsible for the collection and administration of funds required to build and maintain church properties) of the Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and Guy, the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Klare Lijn and Anderlecht municipal council (Monuments and Sites Department).

Practical information

    • the Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and Guy
    • Place de la Vaillance/Dapperheidsplein
    • 1070 Brussels
    • Sat. at 14h00 (French), Sun. at 12h30 and 14h00 (French) and Sun. at 14h00 (Dutch) (duration: 1 hour)
      Please note that bookings are preferred. Call 02/526.83.51 (from Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 12h00 and 12h30 to 15h00) or e-mail Up to 25 people per tour.
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