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L’hôtel Groesbeeck de Croix

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Location type: Heritage
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Built between 1621 and 1645 for the Jesuits of Namur by the architect who built the church of St Charles Borromeus in Antwerp, the church was originally dedicated to St Ignatius. It is distinguished by the ceilings of its nave and aisles, in carved freestone, whose pale colour contrasts with the black and red marble of the banded columns and with the beautifully carved oak confessionals. On the outside, the façade, rebuilt to the original design in 1865-1867, is given a majesty all its own by the large pilasters and fluted columns, the scrollwork on the second storey, and the upper level with the Chi-Rho symbol (representing Christ’s name) in relief.
Building listed by RD (15-01-1936)
Listed as an exceptional heritage site of Wallonia

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Built of brick and Meuse limestone, the two-storey Groesbeeck de Croix house assumed its present form in the 18th century. Although the rear façade is dated 1605, the overall appearance is of a typical Louis XV style building. The entrance hall, with its beautiful plasterwork, leads to a landing beneath an impressive stuccoed rotunda. On the upper floor are some fine rooms decorated with painted fabric, and one whose walls are covered with moulded leather which has been gilded and coloured. The walls of the kitchen are covered with 1250 glazed earthenware tiles. The building is now the home of the Namur museum of decorative arts.
Building listed by RD (29-05-1934)
Listed as an exceptional heritage site of Wallonia

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