The 13th century listed church of St Médard in Jodoigne is rightly recognised as one of the jewels of Brabant Wallon. This impressive building in Roman and Gothic style rediscovered its original splendour thanks to a dedicated restauration in the 1970’s.
From the entrance, the warm, white limestone of Gobertange gives the building all it lustre. From the large transept one’s gaze is drawn to the chancel in a semi circular apse and sober polychrome statues, one of which is of the patron saint, Médard. Born in 457 he was an evangelist bishop reputed as a “rain maker”. If you look closely at the statue you have the impression that he is smiling at you.
From this comes the lovely story that people still like to tell in Jodoigne. A long time ago a parishioner was reciting his prayers in the church and noticed the offering of coins that had been left in the open. Temptation was too great. The man took one, then looked at the statue of Saint Médard, who seemed to smile. So he said ”You are smiling, St Médard, OK, so I’ll take another one”, pocketing a second coin.
The surrounding area is very pleasant: a cobbled square with some trees, a clear view over part of the town, traditional houses, all of these together giving a beautiful consistency to the area. Carry on to the charming main square which is close by. Find out more about the church and view it on www.jodoigne.be/patrimoine.
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