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Chapel of Saint-Anna Stoumont


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The chapel of Saint-Anne is listed on the list of monuments. The surrounding forest bears the same name. The chapel is not far from the Amblève and close to the road "Stoumont-La Gleize". The establishment of the chapel by the gentlemen of Froidcourt is ancient. Guillaume del Dyck and his wife Isabeau de Vervoz were said to have contributed to its construction in 1556. Through the centuries, the chapel has undergone a number of restorations and expansions. The ship was built on the site of the choir in 1666 (see date on the west facade). The chapel is built on a simple, rectangular plan and extended to the east by the choir. It is characterized by a hexagonal tower with a decorated cock-shaped windbreak, the rustic canopy that protects the vaulted gate and the believers who come to shelter in the chapel.A call to Saint Anna, made of copper by the parish priest Bolly of St. Denis, adorns the frontispice upon entry ("Saint Anne, with Your Holy Child, you want to be there for those who pray here the gate of heaven "). The interior is simple and has a flat roof with a single span. The choir consists of a rotated altar dating back to the late seventeenth century. Because of the late age at which his mother became his mother, St. Anna was called upon to fight infertility, for various diseases and even by young girls looking for a man. On the day of the feast of the saint there used to be a market. The chapel and its surroundings have inspired many artists, including Richard Heintz and Elysée Fabry. If you are a little curious, you can admire the castle of Froidcourt and its outbuildings (private property) along the road to Malmedy. This castle was built in 1913 on the site of old houses. The domain is the stronghold of the ancient feudal gentlemen of Froidcourt. From 1600 until just before the revolution, the estate was owned by De Lynden.

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