Christ-Roi Church I

My first experience of climbing a scaffolding will remain in my memory.
Ignoring my dizziness, I dread nevertheless to climb on this metal structure of so fragile appearance.
But once at the top, we quickly forget that we walk to nearly forty meters high.

This church, dedicated to Christ the King, was built in record time of 11 months, in 1936. For a building of this size, the feat is worth highlighting.
First church of Belgium built entirely in reinforced concrete, it offers beautiful volumes, both inside and outside.
It will have the honor of being inaugurated by King Leopold III on the eve of the Second World War.

Finally, a big thanks to Mr. Jean Renard, president of the church wardens.
Knowing his church in every nook and cranny, he did not count his time explaining everything in detail.
A second visit will soon take place inside the monument.

Christ-Roi Church I

The tower of the church. 43 meters high, its internal structure is reinforced concrete.

Christ-Roi Church I

The isn't located in the extension of the nave, but on the side of it.

Christ-Roi Church I

 

Christ-Roi Church I

The structure seems to know no end.

Christ-Roi Church I

At the top of the gable of the nave, a copper Christ.

Christ-Roi Church I

The top of the tower, just under the cornice. The bricks cover the reinforced concrete, whose visible parts (on the left) have been renovated.

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A corner of the arrow. The slates have been carved from a very particular form.

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On the cornice. I didn't dare to climb higher. Too bad...

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Christ-Roi Church I

Scaffolding covering the spire. The cross and the weathervane have just been put back in place.

Christ-Roi Church I

At the slightest step, this whole structure moves. The wind does not help the case...

Christ-Roi Church I

 

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Four people and ten days were needed to mount it.

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Inside the tower, by the abats-son. The concrete structure is detectable in the dark.

Christ-Roi Church I

The special shape of the abats-son, made of zinc foil.

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View from above. Here and there, we discover bullet holes, vestiges of the last world conflict.

Christ-Roi Church I

 

Christ-Roi Church I

 

Christ-Roi Church I

 

Christ-Roi Church I

Towards Luingne. On the right is Kortrijk.

Christ-Roi Church I

Herseaux-Place, and behind, Mouscron.

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Christ-Roi Church I

In the center, the church of Dottignies. On the left, we can see the Ruien power plant.

Christ-Roi Church I

Mont Saint-Aubert. Tournai, and its cathedral, are invisible because of a slight mist. In the center of the image, the ruins of the old College De La Salle.

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Christ-Roi Church I

 

Christ-Roi Church I

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May 2010

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