Virga Jesse Basilica
The Virga-Jesse Basilica in Hasselt
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, Belgium
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, stands where a member of the Fraternity of Our Lady built the Clerkenkapel in 1334. This first building was replaced by a church in late Baroque
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 and early Classical Revival style in 1727.

The second building was severely damaged by a V1
V-1 flying bomb
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 rocket in 1944, an attack which killed sixteen people. The rebuilt church was opened in 1951, and elevated to the status of basilica
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 in 1998.

External links

  • Virga-Jesse basilica in Hasselt A complete description of the church, is available in the Dutch Wikipedia
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