BELGIUM

Bruges West-Vlaanderen.
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.

Brussels
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.

Dinant Namur
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.

Hal Brabant
In Church of St. Martin, Our Lady of Hal, BV in majesty suckling the Infant Jesus, early 13 C, walnut.

Lier Antwerpen
In Kluizekerk (Dominican Church), De Bruine Lieve Vrouw, OLV ter Gratien (OL of Grace)
Nigra sum sed formosa, 17 C, oak.

Poperinge
In Church of St. Bertin, tiny BV and child half-way up an oak tree.

Tongeren Limburg
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.

Tournai
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.

Verviers Liege
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.

Walcourt Namur
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.
For more information click into ndwalcourt.be or latrinite.be.

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CROATIA

Marija Bistrica

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.

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ECUADOR

Quinche
In sanctuary Church, Nostra Signora del Quinche, or la Pequenita (the little one).
In 1586 the Indians asked sculptor Diego de Robles to carve them an image out of native cedar like that of Guadalupe (Mexico).

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ENGLAND

Mayfield Sussex
In Convent of the Holy Child, former manor house of the Archbishops of Canterbury,
statue in the chapel given to one of the nuns in the 19 C, Blue Guide dates it at c 1460, very dark wood.
Seated Madonna in courtyard room, wood, slightly less dark than first, found in ruins of farmer's storage room during restoration of buildings in the 1850s.

Walsingham Norfolk
In National Shrine of Our Lady, statue in 14 C chapel, painted. Replicas based on seal of Walshingham are dark.
In Anglican shrine, dark statue of the Virgin, based on the seal, enthroned in replica of the original sacred house.

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