A basilica and its convent
on the heights dominating the valley in the area around Liège
Province de Liège BE

Location

In the Liège province in the region of Wallonia.
In the village of Vaux-sous-Chèvremont.
10 km from Liège.
40 km from Maastricht.
40 km from the Hautes-Fagnes Nature Park.

Description

Land registry surface area : 2 ha 20 a 62 ca


Number of bedrooms : 19
Number of bathrooms : 2




Our opinion

On the heights of the Vesdre Country, Chèvremont hill is one of key sites in Belgian History. With settlements as of Prehistoric times, it successively became an oppidum, a Merovingian citadel and a stronghold of the Holy Roman Empire. As of the 7th century, a large Marian pilgrimage, devoted to the cult of the Château-Neuf Virgin, settled there. Faced with an influx of visitors, the Church finally began building the Notre-Dame basilica and convent in the late 19th century. The worksite was unfortunately disrupted by the First World War. Heavily damaged by German artillery, the edifice was eventually restored but its bell-tower was never constructed. The number of visitors to Chèvremont has continued to decline over the years, leading the last Carmelite fathers still living there to take the decision to sell the estate. Remaining from this thousand-year-old epic is a magnificent neogothic style heritage property, designed by architect Edmond-Jama, native of Liège. The addition of turrets and the monument’s cross-ribbed ceiling vaults illustrate the medieval influence which was extremely fashionable in 19th century religious edifices. The interior rooms are spacious, designed to hold the crowds of pilgrims attending the main religious services, whilst guaranteeing the tranquillity of the monastic community. This property further comprises several outbuildings, including a restaurant and a caretakers’ office. Just a few minutes from Liège and near to Maastricht, the conversion possibilities are potentially great for these premises steeped in history and spirituality, with their unique views over the Ourthe-Vesdre-Amblève region.

Reference 360674

1 045 000 €

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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