In the Church of Our Lady of the Pottery attached to the Pottery Museum BV dated 1676, painting of Moeder van Regula van Spaignen, Virgin with totally black face and hands holds white Christ Child.
In courtyard of Capuchin Church in Boeveriestraat, N-D de Lorette, standing statue of Mary Mother of God, without child, black wood, recently restored and repainted. Tourist office says it was blackened by time and the elements.
In church of Saint Sauveur, N-D de Lorette, 17 C.
In church of Ste. Elizabeth, N-D de Spermalie, wood, repainted.
In Church of St. Catherine, De Zwerte Lieve Vrouwo (the black beloved lady), 14 C?, white stone painted black.
In church of Sainte Gudule, Sainte-Marie Liberatrice.
In sanctuary of Foy-N-D, N-D de Foy, statue discovered by a woodcutter in the heart of an ancient oak on 6 July 1609, could be N-D de Dinant--spared during Rev.
In Church of St. Martin, Our Lady of Hal, BV in majesty suckling the Infant Jesus, early 13 C, walnut.
In Kluizekerk (Dominican Church), De Bruine Lieve Vrouw, OLV ter Gratien (OL of Grace)
Nigra sum sed formosa, 17 C, oak.
In Church of St. Bertin, tiny BV and child half-way up an oak tree.
The original BV, 12 C, Sedes Sapientiae, OL in Labour, now in the treasury.
In church, miraculous crowned statue of OL of Tongeren, Cause of Our Joy, 1497, dark walnut.
In Cathedral of N-D statue of N-D la Brune, N-D Flamande or de Tournai,
gift of Spanish officer in 1568 replacing the Old Madonna destroyed in 1566,
large brown standing statue, stone, 16 C.
In Church of N-D des Recollets, Vierge Noire des Recollets or Mere de Misericorde (Mother of Mercy), 1674,
made of two sandstone blocks painted black, standing.
In Basilique St. Materne, built 992 and consecrated 1026, present miraculous BV dates from this period, making it one of the oldest statues of the Virgin in the west, wood, covered in silver 11 C.
Popular legend says statue blackened in fire of 1220; and it does appear that the left side of the face was darkened as a consequence of fire. However, Etienne Mont informs us that the black color of the metal portion is due to oxidation. The wooden statue is covered with silver plates which have oxidized over time.
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Statue of Black Madonna, Holy Mary, comes from 15 C, moved to church at Marija Bistrica around 1545 because of threat from the Turks, in 1650 hidden in a church wall under a stained glass window and lost; found in 1684.
Main altar of church honors Bistricka Gospa (Lady of Bistrica) and church is now named Majka Bozja Bistricka (God's Mother of Bistrica).Visited by Pope John Paul II October 1998.