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St Gummarus Church

St Gummarus Church

Collegiate Church in Brabantine Gothic

The St Gummarus Church in Brabantine Gothic, was built on the site where a Roman parish church dedicated to John the Baptist once stood.

Its construction started in 1378 and took around 200 years. Hence the lower parts are pure Gothic, the middle ones baroque and the roof of the tower rococo.

The Keldermans and De Waghemakere families commissioned its construction.

On 20th October 1496 the wedding of Philip the Handsome and Joanna of Castile was celebrated here.

Discover the many art pieces

    • the impressive silver shrine to St Gummarus
    • 'De kroning van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw'  (The coronation of our Lady) is amongst the absolute top of late Gothic stained-glass windows in the Duchy of Brabant.
    • The Colibrant triptych (1516) painted by Goossen van der Weyden depicts the seven joys and seven sorrows of Mary.
    • The striking choir rood loft from the 16th century was decorated with richly embellished groups of statues. A small tower with a statue of St Gummarus was added in the 19th century.
    • the Lier copy of the Turin Shroud
    • The unique royal stained-glass windows installed in 1516-1519 in memory of the inauguration of Maximilian of Austria and Charles V as dukes of Brabant. They were made by court glazier Nicolaas Rombauts.
St Gummarus


Gummarus was born at the end of the 7th or beginning of the 8th century.

He served as a knight at the court of Pippin of Herstal and married the malevolent Grimmara. During his absences she...


St Gummarus' Procession

Celebration of Patron Saint's day

St Gummarus procession takes place every year on the first Sunday after 10 October (St Gummarus’s Fair).

Sixteen members of “The...

St Gummarus Tower

The Pepper pot

St Gummarus Tower, known as the "Peperbus” (Pepper pot) to the people of Lier, is 83m high.

Due to a number of catastrophes it took almost four...

Opening times

1 April - 31 October
  • Saturday and Sunday 14.00-17.00
1 November - 31 maart
  • every 3rd Sunday of the month 14.00


  • free entrance

Kardinaal Mercierplein
website Sint-Gummaruskerk


Opening times

1 November to 31 March
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 12.30 & 13.30 - 16.30

1 April to 31 October
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 16.30
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9.00 - 12.30 & 13.00 - 16.00

Grote Markt 58, 2500 LIER
tel. +32 3 8000 555