Sacred Heritage – The Cathedral of Saint Aubain

As a replacement for the collegiate church founded in 1047, this structure was built in a classical style nuanced with baroque influences. It became a cathedral in 1559 following the appointment of the Bishop of Namur by Philippe II. In 1740, it was destroyed by the major flood of the river Sambre, and then rebuilt into its current form between 1751 and 1767. The double cross reminds us that it contains fragments of the original cross and thorns of Christ, brought back from Constantinople in 1206.

Inside, a classical setup over two levels on coupled columns, the stuccoes from the brothers Moretti, but also all the church furnishings (altars, pulpits, confessionals, stalls, gates, baptismal fonts, lecterns), the sculptures and paintings contribute to the character of this sacred building.

The Diocesan museum stands to the right of the Cathedral. It contains religious works of art from churches, abbeys and convents of the Diocese of Namur-Luxembourg.

Place Saint-Aubain, Namur, Belgique

Opening Times

Closed on Monday

See also

Le Chapître
Diocesan Museum and the Cathedral’s Treasure
Brasserie François