One of the most impressive basilicas in Europe is right here in the Ardennes! A remarkable symbol of Wallonia’s cultural heritage, the majestic Saint Hubert Basilica is a famous pilgrimage site for animal lovers.
Its imposing silhouette stands out against the wooded Ardennes landscape, a proud symbol steeped in history. Built in the 16th century, the basilica is a pilgrimage site in honour of Saint Hubert, the patron saint of the Ardennes, hunters, foresters and butchers. It is impossible not to be impressed by the magnificent architecture, which mixes the abundant Gothic style with Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles.
Tradition and a love for animals
The Baroque facade welcomes you and guides you inside the basilica where you will find the nave, the choir and the attic (which is accessible by prior arrangement - enjoy the experience of walking under the roof!) as well as the paintings of Saint Hubert and his mysterious stag. Animals have a special place here; many pilgrims bring their faithful companions with them, seeking the protection of Saint Hubert. Three times a year, dogs, cats and other animals are blessed by the Dean during Mass. A tradition that combines folklore, beliefs and history and attracts large crowds, making it an unmissable event in the region!
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