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Basilica of Our Lady

Visit a statue that is said to have performed miracles and see a chamber full of ancient treasures at this stunning Romanesque church.

Wander about the wide dark halls of the Basilica of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek) and admire art and murals dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Star of the Sea Chapel to see the statue of Mary within. For centuries, pilgrims from all over Europe have traveled to this statue in hope of being healed. Descend into the Treasury and marvel at a spellbinding array of silver, gold and other priceless artifacts. 

Start your visit on a café terrace in the surrounding square to enjoy a coffee with a view of the building’s stunning façade. Most of the Basilica of Our Lady was built during the 11th and 12th centuries and its high, ornate arches are a typical example of Romanesque architecture. The basilica is also known as the Star of the Sea because of the famous wooden statue of Mary in the chapel of the same name, but there are many other attractions including several historical artworks and the fascinating Treasury. 

Enter the cathedral’s main chamber and let your eyes adjust to the low lighting caused by the small, Gothic windows. Explore the altar, the crypts and the choirs and look out for the murals that line the walls. Among the most notable are pictures of St. Catherine and St. Christopher. Another artwork to look out for is the large sculpture depicting 20 scenes from the Old Testament.

The basilica’s most famous area is the Star of the Sea chapel. The wooden statue of Mary inside dates back to the 15th century. Over the years many worshippers have claimed to have been healed by the statue and pilgrims from all over Europe still visit to this day. 

Don’t miss the shining splendors of the Treasury. The collections includes silver and gold religious artifacts, such as copes and chasubles, ivory chests and robes worn by old saints.

Basilica of Our Lady is located in Our Dear Lady Square in the historical center of Maastricht. Several buses stop nearby and it is easy walking distance from the city center. The building is open daily and is free to enter. 


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The Student Hotel Maastricht

The Student Hotel Maastricht

Sphinxcour 9A, Maastricht
4.1
of 5, from 51 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Boschstraatkwartier, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stadhuis, Market, and Dominicanenkerk. Vrijthof and St. Servaas Church are also within 15 minutes.

$70
Townhouse Designhotel Maastricht

Townhouse Designhotel Maastricht

St. Maartenslaan 5, Maastricht
4.2
of 5, from 341 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Wijck, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centre Ceramique, Market, and Basilica of Our Lady. Bonnefanten Museum and St. Servaas Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$65
Mabi City Centre

Mabi City Centre

Kleine Gracht 24, Maastricht
3.9
of 5, from 43 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Boschstraatkwartier, this hotel is steps from Stadhuis and Market. St. Servaas Church and Basilica of Our Lady are also within 10 minutes.

$67
Boutique Hotel Grote Gracht

Boutique Hotel Grote Gracht

Grote Gracht 56, Maastricht
4.1
of 5, from 65 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Binnenstad, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Vrijthof and Market. St. Servaas Church and Basilica of Our Lady are also within 10 minutes.

$89
Novotel Maastricht

Novotel Maastricht

Sibemaweg 10, Maastricht
4.0
of 5, from 407 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Maastricht hotel is located in Scharn, within 1 mi (2 km) of Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre and Bonnefanten Museum. Basilica of Our Lady and Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$75
Amrâth Grand Hotel de l'Empereur

Amrâth Grand Hotel de l'Empereur

Stationsstraat 2, Maastricht
3.6
of 5, from 704 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Wijck, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centre Ceramique, Bonnefanten Museum, and Basilica of Our Lady. Market and St. Servaas Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$135
Hotel Beaumont

Hotel Beaumont

Wycker Brugstraat 2, Maastricht
4.2
of 5, from 389 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Wijck, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Centre Ceramique and Basilica of Our Lady. Bonnefanten Museum and Market are also within 15 minutes.

$112
Crowne Plaza Maastricht

Crowne Plaza Maastricht

De Ruiterij 1, Maastricht
4.2
of 5, from 301 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Maastricht hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Centre Ceramique, Basilica of Our Lady, and Bonnefanten Museum. Market and Natural History Museum are also within 15 minutes.