Logo - Belgian Tourist Office

Home > Did u Know > Famous Belgians

Louise Lateau

The Stigmatist (1850-1883)

Louise Lateau was born and lived all her life in the village of Bois d'Haine, near Manage, in the Belgian province of Hainaut. In 1866, there was an outbreak of cholera, and she nursed and buried the victims, while isolating herself from the other villagers. Afterwards she worked as a seamstress, but she gained international fame when stigmata (bleeding wounds on the body resembling the wounds suffered by Christ on the cross) first appeared in 1868 and she began to experience weekly religious ecstasies. Numerous examinations by doctors could find no explanation for the stigmata, nor for her ability to survive on just a few glasses of water a week and without sleep.

Bookmark and Share


Famous Belgians

Actor

Actress

Anatomist, physician and author

Architect

Artist

Businessman

Cartoonist

Chemist

Comics artist

Comics writer and artist

Composer

Designer

Duchess

Engineer

Explorer

Fashion designer

Film Director

Founder

Grammarian

Heavy-rock group

Inventor

Inventor and Horologist

Jewellery designer

Journalist

King

Lamps Designer

Lord

Mayor

Musical instrument designer and musician

musician

Nobel Prize

Novelist

Painter

Poet

Priest and reformer

princess

Professional cyclist

Professional tennis player

Queen consort

Racing driver

Scriptwriters and Film-makers

Singer

Singer-songwriter

Sister

teacher

The first lady

The Stigmatist

Theatre director

Violinist and Composer

Volcanologist and Geologist

Writer

Belgian Tourist Office Wallonia 217 Marsh Wall London E14 9FJ Tel: 0207 531 0390 info@belgiumtheplaceto.be