GREEN WORLD

GREEN WORLD

This large farm is one of the buildings in a park around a chateau, including the caretaker’s house. It is located within the castle domain, northeast of the castle.  The farm consists of anchored brick buildings under saddle roofs (decorative red and black Flemish tiles), set around an inner courtyard. The farm dates back largely to the fourth quarter of the 19th century. The south wing is formed by beautiful conservatory and aviary, now overgrown by weeds, which gave rise to the pseudonym “Green World”. The chapel that was added to the north wing is much more recent. 

The last photo is an inside view of the separate chapel in the forest to the south of the farm. This was originally the ice cellar. It dates from the fourth quarter of the 19th century and was established as a chapel in the beginning of the 1990′s. The octagonal pavilion of brick and knotty wood stands on a plinth of local iron sandstone. The plastered interior contains recycled neo-Gothic high reliefs from a West Flemish abbey. The stained-glass windows were recuperated from an unspecified demolished Walloon church.


CHURCH OF THE RAVEN

CHURCH OF THE RAVEN

This neo Romanesque church was designed by a Ghent architect and has a basilica plan (high middle nave with lower side aisles). The nave has a remarkable flat, wooden panelled ceiling. Also typical of the (neo) Romanesque style is the choir that opens into an apse with a cul-de-four (vault in the shape of a half dome). The walls of the nave rest on arcades alternately resting on strong pillars and columns with capitals. The tower is planted laterally against the western facade. The green sandstone of Dolhain emphasizes the sobriety and Roman character of this sanctuary, built between 1906 and 1907.

On a Sunday morning in August 2015, the fire brigade had to rush out because the entire bell tower was on fire. The fire turned out to have been caused by copper thieves, who were stealing the copper in the wiring of the tower. The church had been empty for a few years at that time. Due to the inaccessibility of the tower, it took several hours for the fire brigade to master the flames. The damage was considerable. Since the church does not have a protected character, it seems almost inevitable that it will be completely demolished in the near future…


Stained Glass Sickness – 2017The chapel with an incredibly…

Stained Glass Sickness – 2017

The chapel with an incredibly detailed stained glass window inside an abandoned hospital somewhere in Ontario, Canada.


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