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Basilica of the Holy Virgin Sea of the Sea

Local name: Basiliek van Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe van Dadizele

The basilica is distinguished by a wonderful wooden statue of the Mother of God. The church dates from the 11th-12th century and has been rebuilt several times since. Today it is one of the biggest attractions of the region and is on the list of Dutch monuments.

It is a Roman Catholic church, consecrated as a minor basilica in 1933 by Pope Pius XI. The temple is a representative structure of the Romanesque style, characteristic of the Meuse valley, the river flowing through the territory of the Netherlands and neighboring countries. Despite many conversions, the church has kept its original style with a slight admixture of Gothic.

It is worth paying attention to the interior of the basilica, especially the wooden figure of the Virgin Mary, which according to beliefs has healing power. Around 1700, a count from Maastricht participated in a maritime disaster - from the shore he called for help to the figure and was saved. Since then, the Mother of the Sea has been nicknamed the Sea Star.

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Plaats 78890 Moorslede, Belgium