The Basilica of Our Lady additionally referred to as Old Cathedral of Tongeren It is the principle place of Catholic worship in the town of Tongeren, Belgium and the former cathedral of the suppressed diocese of Tongeren . The basilica changed into constructed in the Gothic style, according to the neighborhood interpretation of the Gothic Brabant, inside the 13th century. In latest excavations wherein this church discovered a number of the richest archaeological unearths of Flanders. Archaeological excavations have shown the presence of a construction place already gift inside the fourth century and a residence of prayer Carolingian Catholic relationship from the 9th century. The production of the present church choir started out in 1240.
The ships, the transept and the aspect chapels have been introduced between the 13th and 15th centuries. The authentic Romanesque bell tower was replaced by using the current Gothic tower, measuring 64 meters excessive, built between 1442 and 1541. The interior of the basilica homes the photograph of Our Lady of Tongeren, dating from 1475. The treasure is inside the antique chapter and consists of one of the richest collections of Catholic spiritual artwork in Belgium.