The Church of Tourinnes-la-Grosse
Saint-Martin's in Tourinnes-la-Grosse is a remarkable example of a rustic medieval sanctuary preserved in its original proportions and its purity of form. The oldest part is the central nave, which could well go back to the Carolingian era (10th century). The choir was built in the 12th century, in a primitive Gothic style. The heavy vaulting ribs of the choir rest on unadorned capitals.
The transept dates from the 13th century (1225); traces of its chapels that can still be seen in the left transept.
The reason why the village of Tourinnes had the epithet "La Grosse" bestowed on it in 1800 was of course its enormous tower, built likewise in the 13th century.
Why did we choose Tourinnes-La-Grosse? Because its romanesque church has wonderful acoustics. In addition, this church is an architectural jewel, adorning the Brabant countryside in which it was built with its beauty and simplicity.
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