Basilica of Saint Martin

Aside from an opportunity to learn about our city’s rich history, a visit to the basilica is also a wonderful occasion to admire a number of masterpieces from European art history.

The basilica houses the cannon balls which, as legend has it, the Black Madonna caught with her cloak to save the city from the siege by Philip of Cleves in 1489. Listen to the stories the many stained glass windows tell and learn how Halle’s Black Madonna, to whom several miracles are attributed, turned the city into a place of pilgrimage.

Discover the basilica’s unique 14th century statutes of the apostles and picture the priest addressing his parishioners from his 17th century Baroque pulpit in days gone by.

Call into the Trazegnies Chapel to admire the Renaissance-style alabaster retable by Jan Mone which dates from 1533 and pause at the tomb of Joachim, son of Louis XI. Don’t miss out on a chance to see the stunning brass baptismal font dating from 1446.

Also put the treasure room on your to-do list and have a peek at the many royal gifts and a mysterious ancient tree trunk!

Prefer to have a guide tell you all about the basilica? Then book your guided tour via our office of tourism.