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Sint-Martinuskerk

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Identification

Sint-Martinuskerk
249156

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Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
masonry
limestone
exposed structure
light gray
gothic

Usages

church (roman catholic)

Facts

  • During the first construction period (1480- ca. 1495) the choir was built.
  • The second building period (ca.1525 – ca. 1565) covered the construction of the northern transept and the southern aisle of the nave.
  • The third construction phase (ca. 1565 – 1650) is a period of slow progress, primarily due to the religious wars. Therefore most of the time is used for fixing the damage.
  • In the fourth construction phase (1650 – 1664), the church is finished in its current state. Also the west side of the nave was temporarily closed with bricks until new funds were found to add the western tower.
  • In the end, the planned impressive western tower was never built.
  • During the most important reconstruction period (1854 – 1867), several exterior features were added, mostly around the roof.
  • In 1894, the four pinnacles on the transept were added.
  • At the beginning of the 20th century renovation of the interior started.
  • On March 29, 1947 the roof was severely damaged by fire. This resulted in new renovation works, which lasted until 1958.
  • During the seventies of the previous century the stained glass windows were renovated.
  • Very remarkable in this church is a painting of master painter Pieter Paul Rubens, at the altar of Saint Roch, located at the north side of the southern transept.

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Location

Priester Daensplein
9300
Aalst
Flemish Region
Belgium

Technical Data

218.18 ft
186.02 ft
1480
1664

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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