In the chapel, use earphones or stop playback and use the “text” button.
We walk in through the confessional / candle hall and walk to the altar screen / statue of the Virgin.
The statue is in a niche. Maria's tiara from 1674 was stolen in 1974. The scepter and crown of the child have been preserved.
The entire statue of the Virgin Mary was stolen in 1977. After a replica was made, the original statue was bought back from the burglar by the Dean of Thorn. After restoration, the statue was brought back in a procession in 1978.
The baroque altar screen is the masterpiece by the Antwerp native Kerrickx and dates from 1681. The idea was to place the altar screen before the official dedication, but this did not work out. It was posted a few weeks later. It was completely restored a few years ago.
Remember when the medieval man tried to achieve authenticity through details? Look through one of the “holes” in the altar screen. You will see a fireplace with a painting above it. In Loreto's original house, there is also a fireplace at that spot.
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As a real education family, the idea was to offer the children a tour in Thorn, in order to generate interest in Thorn but also in history in general.
Children come with their parents and go the same route as the adults. The route was thus determined by that of the adults.
That adult route could also be improved, since the software made this possible, it was ready before the children's tour.
Collaboration with the Thorn Museum.
Even in the first test phase, Museum Thorn showed an immediate interest in our tours and it was soon decided to enter into a collaboration.
The vision of the Thorn museum is that the town of Thorn is actually a large open-air museum. We can only endorse that.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Thorn and look forward to seeing you again.
Hélène, Sanne and Geert Stams.