ROESELARE : BUILDINGS AND MONUMENTS

Museums:
Municipal Museum of Folklore and Local History is located in the "Arsenal", built in 1903. There are three important halls : 1. History of Roeselare; 2. Life of the people; 3. The Zouaves’ Museum (of the papal zouaves).

Museum Blomme in the Ooststraat, which houses a collection of the paintings by the artist and winner of the Prize of Rome (1920) Alfons Blomme from Roeselare (1889-1979)

Minor Seminary:
Minor SeminaryThe fathers Augustines from Ghent settled in Roeselare in 1634; they built a chapel, a monastery and a school. Between 1725-1735 the baroque Augustine church was located in the Zuidstraat : Johan Wilhelm’s escutcheon (1658-1716), duke of Neuburg and lord of Roeselare and the statue of Our Lady of Consolation by Karel Dupon were built in the fronton.Since the Napoleonic time there has been an episcopal minor seminary, which, during the 19th century, became known because of three West Flemish leading men of the Flemish Movement : Guido Gezelle (bust by Jules Lagae in the alley), Hugo Verriest and Albrecht Rodenbach. The "Big Perturbation" took place in 1875; it was a students’ revolution wich caused the "Blauwvoeterij" all over Flanders (memorial the "Blauwvoet" (1980) in the historical playground).

St.-Michael’s Church:
Its eldest traces go back to the Middle Ages; until 1872 it was the only parish church in Roeselare. In 1488 the town fire almost completely devastated the church; to the order of Filips van Kleef (1456-1529), lord of Roeselare, the church was rebuilt in late gothic style (between 1497 and 1504). The monumental tower dates from 1504 and was originally spiry. In January 1735 the spire was blown down and was then replaced by a ball-shaped roofing.There are important works of art in the church : the baroque pulpit (17th century) depicts the sacred history of the vineyard of Nabot; the gothic revival foot ot the high altar (1862) by the sculptor Francis Dumon from Bruges with three reliefs of Jesus’ life; 17th century Ecce Homo, wooden statue; black marble font (1816) by the sculptor Jan Calloigne from Bruges; paintings : "Homage to Our Lady" by Jacob van Oost (17th century), "The coronation of Christ" by Jan Janssens (17th century); paintings by artists from Roeselare : Bernard Mioen, Désiré Megaert, Ferdinand Callebert (17th century). The church has the biggest organ in West Flanders; in the tower hangs the towncarillon with 37 bells. The south porch dates from 1954, surmounted by the statue of Our Lady.

Other churches:
Neo-romanesque St.-Amand’s Church, built in 1869-1872; pulpit and Way of the Cross sculptured by Karel Dupon; modern window-panes and monumental organ.

Church of the Fathers Redemptorists, second half of the 19th century; mural paintings by Arno Brys.

St.-Peter and Paul’s Church in Rumbeke: St-Peter and St-PaulFormerly gothic church, rebuilt in "Ieper" style in 1924. The show-piece is the effigy (middle of the 16th century), sepulchral monument of Jacob de Thiennes (1534), lord of Rumbeke, and of his wife Katharina van Oignies (1545). Devotion for St.-Blasius against fever and childhood deseases; gothic revival Way of the Cross by Louis Beyaert c. 1900); romanesque font in white stone (12th century); oak altar-rails (1734); pulpit (1630); prie-dieu chair for the count of Rumbeke.

Castle of Rumbeke: This architectural jewel of Flemish Renaissance was built by the then lord Thomas de Thiennes and his lady Margareta d’Harméricourt c. 1538. The chapel, the hexagonal tower surmounted by a peculiar spherical shape, the central part of the building in the shape of an Land the two truncated turrets at the north end recall this architectural period. The four front turrets at the south end date from the 17th century. The massive entrance-pavilions, which form the east and west gates, are dated 1731. The castle belonged to the de Thiennes family until 1856; since then the castle with the adjoining STARFOREST - laid out in 1770 - has been a property of the Limburg-Stirum family. The castle and the forest are open to the public.

St-Martin's ChurchSt.-Martin’s Church in Oekene, with some tomb-stones in the old cemetery all round. St.-Cornelius is served against childhood diseases and cattle-plagues. In the porch wall there is an ashlar foundation stone ("Jan van Moerkerke and Margriet his wife") from 1489. The Van Peteghem organ (1773) arrests for attention, as well as the 17th century statuette of Our Lady from Karmel.

 

Church of the Exaltation of the Cross in Beveren, where the Procession-cross, in iron-work from Doornik (13th century) is preserved.

Municipal Cemetery (remarkable poplar alley):
Monument of homage to the soldiers from Roeselare fallen in 1914-1918 (Karel Dupon); mausoleum of Albrecht Rodenbach (1888 by Jules Lagae); mausoleum of Roger Fieuw (literary man from Roeselare, 1922-1960); grave of Karel Dubois (1885-1956).

Arme-Klaren Chapel:
Built in the second half of the 19th century; its interior was restored in 1976. The convent of the Arme Klaren was built together with the church.

Rodenbach:Albrecht Rodenbach
Birth-Place (Albrecht Rodenbachstraat) and House of the Deceased Albrecht Rodenbach (Noordstraat) (1856-1880). "Boy prodigy of Flanders" and founder of the "Blauwvoeterij".

Statue:
Statue of Albrecht Rodenbach, in the De Coninckplein. Unveiled in 1909, sculptured by Jules Lagae.

New Station (1979) with memorial to sculptor Jules Lagae (1862-1931) in the station-square.
Near the station there is a customs bonded warehouse.

Post Office, in the Ooststraat; gothic revival building (1902-1903)

Harbour:
Harbour of Roeselare, on the canal between Roeselare and the Leie dug in 1862-1870; one of the most important Belgian inner harbours; in the active industrial area of the town. Quay-walls 2116 m; water-channel 50 m wide at the entrance; cargo capacity 600 T in the harbour-channel; 1350 T in the turning canal, beyond the Bruanebridge. Traffic : annuel supply of about 600.000 T in 2500 Lighters.
A vast industrial area is available (applications and information : W.I.E.R., Baron Ruzettelann Bruges).
The AUCTION with an enormous annual turnover, is one of the most important in the country.

Kazandmill, in the Mandellaan, built in 1813 in the place where the oil-stamp-stake mill, built in 1773 burnt down; classed in 1944.

Bailiff’s House:
Built to the order of Pieter Goudenhoofd, bailiff of Rumbeke in 1617; typical drive gate and renaissance chimney.

Statue of Alexander (The Blind) Rodenbach (1786-1869) (in the Mgr. De Haernestraat), representative of the people (1831-1869) and mayor of Rumbeke (1844-1869); he was a National Congressman in 1830. He was zealous for digging a canal between Roeselare and the Ijzer and for the right of the Flemish language.