Boulevard Franklin D. Roosevelt 41
(former Pensionnat Sainte Sophie)
Sainte Marie de l'Immaculée Conception
Saint Mary Immaculate Conception and two saints
The mother of Jesus Christ
Three saint's statues on the façade:
Immaculée Conception à Sainte-Marie / St. Mary Immaculate Conception
- bishop: probably St. Willebrord - (c. 658-739), missionary saint, known as the "Apostle to the Frisians" in the modern Netherlands. He became the first Bishop of Utrecht and died at Echternach, Luxembourg (Wikipedia).
- saint with book, probably St Benoît - St. Benedict - (c.480-543), Patron saint of Europe and students; founded communities for monks. Benedict's main achievement is his "Rule of Saint Benedict", containing precepts for his monks
The Bâtiment Sainte Sophie was originally a private school, the Pensionnat Sainte Sophie (also Pensionnat Notre Dame). At present the building houses government institutions.
Depictions of Saint Mary
Saint Mary, as the mother of Jesus Christ, has a central role in the life of the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic veneration of her as the Blessed Virgin Mary has grown over time both in importance and manifestation, not only in prayer but in art, poetry and music.
She is usually depicted as a beautiful young woman, with a (blue) mantle. In the majority of the depictions she is having the Infant Jesus in her arms or on her lap.
Attributes of Saint Mary:
The Infant Jesus sometimes has some attributes too:
- A crown of 12 stars (Relevation 12:1), sometimes 7 stars.
- A royal crown, sometimes also a scepter: Mary Queen of Heaven.
- Standing on a globe.
- Standing on the crescent moon (Relevation 12:1).
- Crushing the serpent (sometimes a dragon) under her feet. The serpent can have an apple in his mouth (Genesis 3:15). A special depiction is where Jesus impales the serpent with a spear-cross.
- Flowers: Lily (symbol of virginity and purity), roses (Mary's mystical participation in the Holy Trinity as Heaven's Rose or Mystical Rose), iris or "Sword Lily" (emblem of Our Lady's Seven Sorrows), fleur-de-lis (resembling both the Iris and the Madonna Lily)
- a crown and/or a royal orb (usually in combination with Mary as Queen of Heaven)
- making a blessing gesture
Locatie (N 49°36'31" - E 6°7'54") (Satellite view: Google Maps)
Item Code: lu017; Photograph: 16 June 2011
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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