Eglise St-Joseph, Waterloo

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The Church of Saint Joseph of Waterloo is an 18th-century Belgian church in Waterloo dedicated to Saint Joseph.
OriginsA forest chapel dedicated to saint Anne was burned down shortly before this church's construction. The inhabitants of Waterloo wished to rebuild it but were prevented from doing so by financial difficulties. The wood-producers in the area paid a tax - every hundredth denier - on their sales to raise money, but even after 20 years the total sum raised was not enough.
The new governor-general of the Spanish Netherlands, Don Francisco Antonio de Agurto, marquis de Gastañaga, then intervened. The marquis decided that building a new chapel on the site dedicated to saint Joseph (a spiritual model to Agurto's sovereign Charles II) would be a good way of remedying the sickly Charles's continuing and desperate sterility (despite his two marriages he had produced no heir). The ceremony of laying the first stone took place on 26 June 1687, in the presence of the Archbishopr of Mechelen. Like all buildings of this era, the edifice's architecture (attributed to the Wallonian architect Philippe Delsaux) borrows from the language of French Baroque classicism - a rotonda, a dome and above all a colonnaded portico refer to classical antiquity and give the edifice a wholly royal solemnity. This is reinforced by the presence of two lions on the portico's pediment. It is an imposing monument, in contrast to the modest size of the hamlets which it serves. Inaugurated with great ceremony on 19 February 1690, the marquis's pious intentions had no effect on Charles' sterility or on his own career - he was recalled to Madrid for not defending Mons well enough to prevent its capture by the French. Plan my Waterloo trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • I'm not greatly into architecture or church's. I looked into this one based on its links to the Battle of Waterloo but I could see how it would appeal to people with architectural or ecclesiastical... 
    I'm not greatly into architecture or church's. I looked into this one based on its links to the Battle of Waterloo but I could see how it would appeal to people with architectural or ecclesiastical...  more »
  • Don't miss this delightful and historic church if you are visiting the Wellington Museum across the road. St Joseph's Church in Waterloo dates back to 1690, when it was built as the Chapel Royal and....  more
    Don't miss this delightful and historic church if you are visiting the Wellington Museum across the road. St Joseph's Church in Waterloo dates back to 1690, when it was built as the Chapel Royal and....  more »
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  • Historical church with a beautiful altar.The church has been renovated recently. For people interested in history...!

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