"Namen - Inside the Cathedral" Belgium Things to Do Tip by speed4turtles
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The oldest still existing church is the late-gothic St. John's church. The main prayer house, however, is the St. Alban's Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint Aubin). Built between 1751 and 1767 it clearly shows the Italian education of its architect Gaetano Pizzoni who came from Milan. Pizzoni had the cathedral constructed on the site of a former Romanesque church, of which only the tower has survived. In the cathedral is the grave with the heart of Don Juan of Austria, Spanish governor of the Netherlands who died in 1578. He conquered the Turks in the sea battle at Lepanto. His body lies buried in the Escorial in Madrid. Near the cathedral stands the Saint Loup church, the former Jesuit church of Namur, built during the 17th century. Twelve Dorian columns support the beautifully decorated ceiling of the church.
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