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Church Buildings

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Almost every community including small towns in Brabant have a church with a steeple that is visible from far away. In the town of Schijndel there are a number of  catholic churches and one protestant church, however, it seems that only one building is still used for church services. The protestant church building is used by an architect as a design studio and office. Reportedly, the church in the hamlet of Wijbosch and another one referred to as the Boschwegse Church, are considered to be refitted for residential use. The challenge in such a conversion results from the premise to keep the basic shape and structure of the church building authentic.

My quick sketches of two local churches are shown here. These were produced fairly rapidly between rain showers that keep pestering us here. I like sketching these buildings and will probably draw some more in the coming weeks.

De Boschwegse Kerk

De Boschwegse Church

St Servatius Church

St Servatius Church

Churches are a significant part of the cultural fabric and the rich heritage of many communities and are personified by the church buildings that therefore should be preserved.



Author: John Hofman

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