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Sint-Michielskerk

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Identification

Sint-Michielskerk
244388

Map

Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
masonry
limestone
applied masonry
gothic

Usages

church (roman catholic)

Facts

  • Because the previously church had become too small, in the 15th century it was decided to build a bigger one.
  • Important restorations were done from 1967 until 1978.
  • The building spot was previously occupied by a smaller church which was rebuilt two times, every time it was destroyed by fire.
  • Three new bells were again placed in the tower in 1953 after the previous ones had been confiscated during the German occupation.
  • The interior of the church was heavily damaged during the French occupation in 1798.
  • Construction of the choir started in 1623 and was finished around 1650.
  • The tower is unfinished and according to the last design should have a height of 134m.
  • Also in the same year (1825) the tower received brand new bells, which could be heard for the first time on November 17.
  • The construction of nave and transept was finished in the 16th century.
  • In 1825 several restorations works were done and around the same period the unfinished tower received finally a ‘flat’ roof.

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Location

1 Sint-Michielsplein
Sint-Michielsplein 1
9000
Gent
Flemish Region
Belgium

Technical Data

153.22 ft
153.22 ft
310.04 ft
96.78 ft
1440

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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