Make sure to visit one of Mons most historic sites
The Collégiale Sainte-Waudru is just a short 16-minute walk from the Van der Valk Hotel Mons Congres. Dedicated to the patron saint of Mons, this Gothic-style church was never completed and its unfinished status is woven into the town’s history. Now when something seems as if it will never be finished, the city’s residents compare it to the church, saying “It is like the tower of Sainte-Waudru, we will never see it completed!”
Self-guided smartphone tours can be downloaded on the izi.Travel app or by scanning the QR codes found throughout the church. Detailed guidebooks are also available, as well as the option to schedule a guided group tour.
No matter which way you choose to discover the Collégiale Sainte-Waudru, built in 1450, be sure not to miss the works of Renaissance sculptor Jacques Du Brœucq who is regarded as the Michelangelo of the North. Furthermore, take a look at the 18th century gilded carriage used to transport the body of Saint Waudru through the streets of Mons every Trinity Sunday, the grand organ, the spectacular stained glass windows, and the collection of religious relics that date back to the 7th century. These cultural treasures are part of the proud history of the church and the city of Mons.
What to know before you go
The church is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Guests who are interested in viewing the priceless collection of religious relics should plan to visit the church in the afternoon as the Treasury is only open after noon every day except Monday, when it is closed to the public. There is a small fee of €4 per person to enter the Treasury. Visitors who have a particular interest in the grand organ can book tickets in advance for an up-close look at this beautifully restored instrument and a demonstration by organists Bernard Carlier and Benoit Lebeau. A minimal fee of €5 per adult and €3 per student is charged to support the ongoing restoration of the organ. Entrance to the church itself is free, but donations are always welcome.
Guests with reduced mobility can access the church through the doors by the north portal. All other guests should enter through the south gate.
Visitors who arrive by car will find plenty of parking spaces at the foot of the church near Roosevelt Square. Parking is free on Sunday and public holidays.
If you are still looking for a place to stay make sure to check out our centrally located hotel in Mons, around the corner from the Collégiale Sainte-Waudru de Mons.