A few days after the death of Queen Louise-Marie in October 1850, it was established by royal decree that a new church be built in Laeken in honour of the late queen. Meanwhile, a spontaneous fundraising campaign was organised across the country to establish a hospital in her name. Eventually, the Catholic government decided to use the money raised to build the church, and also to set up a royal crypt there. Jozef Poelaert was appointed as architect, who chose a neo-Gothic design. For the laying of the foundation stone in 1854, bronze and silver commemorative medals were struck to commemorate the death of the sovereign, by means of an inscription on the reverse. The obverse depicts the new church.
|Title||Commemorative Medal for the Church of Our Lady of Laeken|
|Signatures, inscriptions, and markings||inscription on the front side: Erigée à Laeken par souscription nationale. Arrte royal du 14 oct: 1850. Loi du 21 juin 1853. (...)|
|inscription on the front side: J. Poelaert arch:|
|signatures (names) on the front side: J. Wiener fec:|
|inscription on the reverse: Une église sera érigée en commémoration de la reine Louise en la commune de Laeken. Arrête royal du 14 oct: 1850 (...)|
|Object type||medals AAT|
|Art & Architecture Thesaurus||300015571 cityscapes (representations) AAT|
building of church
11Q712 church (exterior) Iconclass
61BB2 historical persons - BB - woman Iconclass
61BB2(LOUISE MARIE OF BELGIUM) historical person (LOUISE MARIE OF BELGIUM) - BB - woman Iconclass
61E(BRUSSELS) names of cities and villages (BRUSSELS) Iconclass
61F(CHURCH OF OUR LADY) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (CHURCH OF OUR LADY) Iconclass
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