This neo-Gothic parish church was built in the early 1880s. The brick structure was erected in the form of a cross basilica (a cross church set up as a basilica, which means that the church building has side aisles lower than the middle aisle and that the central aisle above the side aisles is provided with a row of windows). The interior of the church was also neo-Gothic and included a 16th century bluestone baptismal font in Gothic style. Little is left of the original pump and splendor today. Attempts to restore the church were not successful. In 2015, the organ pipes of the valuable 16th century organ were stolen to be sold for scrap…
The village in which this peculiar little church is located was completely destroyed during the First World War and was initially not supposed to be rebuilt. Thanks to the tenacity of the inhabitants, who formed a close community, the authorities reverted this decision and the reconstruction of the village was made possible. During the Second World War, however, the village was again hit by fate … But yet again the town was reconstructed. The church was designed by architect MQ. The building was completely erected in reinforced concrete and has no visible walls, but seems to consist merely of the roof construction that runs down to the ground. Almost the whole structure was pierced by square openings, which were covered with stained-glass windows in green and purple hues, which provide a special and colorful light…
District Asylum for Pauper Lunatics.
Already in 1870 the plan for the construction of this network of underground funeral galleries was created. For the inventor of the plan it was not only a prestige project, but also offered a hygienic solution to the lack of space at the cemeteries in and around the big city. Grave galleries were still a novelty in Northern Europe at that time. Six years later, construction of the galleries began. The first gallery was 31 meters long and was put into operation in 1878. That same year, six new galleries were built, and it was not until around 1890 that the first tunnel system was closed. The most recent part was finished in 1935. The oldest part was built in neoclassical style, the last galleries in art-deco style. The underground passageways, the longest of which extends over a length of three hundred meters, are altogether more than a kilometer long and offer space for more than four thousand burials. The most eye-catching underground burial niches have an above-ground coupled grave monument. The pomp and splendor shows that these underground tombs were mainly intended for the wealthy and powerful families in the city. Many famous figures found a final resting place here… The crypt was recently restored, after years of neglect.