Tongeren, the oldest town in Belgium, is proud to be the cradle of Christianity in the Low Countries. As the oldest Maria resort on this side of the Alps pilgrimages were already organized in the Middle Ages and until the French Revolution, after which they were banned. When in 1890 the Pope gave permission to crown the miraculous image of Our Lady "Cause of Our Joy", the Tongeren population decided to transform the pilgrimage into seven annual Coronation Celebrations. This tradition is kept alive to this day and is also included in the Flemish inventory for Intangible Cultural Heritage. In 2016, the Celebrations is organized for the eighteenth time. 

The Procession takes place on 3, 5, 8 and 10 July 2016. Over 3000 local inhabitants participate. This makes the coronation procession, the largest in the country.

Coronation Celebrations (Kroningsfeesten)

Where

Center 
3700 Tongeren

When

From Sunday, July 3, 2016
To Sunday, July 10, 2016

Contact

T+32 12 23 46 64

Organiser

Kroningsfeesten vzw

Local map

Below you will find an interactive map.

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