Christ-Roi Church II

Continuation and end of this small report on the church of Christ-Roi in Herseaux. This suite should have arrived much faster but various impediments have changed the initial schedule.
Either, the loop is complete and that's the main thing.

I wanted to explore the attic in detail but it was unfortunately impossible. The explanation is next to the only shot (completely failed... sorry) of these attics.
After my refusal to climb to the top of the scaffolding, here is my second mistake on the same site. They will not take me back anymore !

The visit was pleasant, Mr. Renard leaving me a total freedom in the building, while answering my questions. I thank him for it. In addition, he did not hesitate to mount again at the top of the bell tower1 to allow the realization of this shooting.

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The forecourt of the church, rue du Petit-Oudenaarde, the name of the neighborhood. Christmas decorations don't seem to want to take a vacation...

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Only one year was enough to build it. Time impossible to imagine nowadays...

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The bell tower rid of its metallic straitjacket.

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Although modest in size, the church has a feeling of space.

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The choir. The three arcades represent the Holy Trinity, also symbolized in the rosette by the three intertwined circles.

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The sun lighting the brick walls of the nave.

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The crossing. The darker panels correspond to repairs made following the damage caused by the great storm of the early 90s.

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Another view of the crossing. The large brick arches are in fact the reinforced concrete structure present throughout the building.

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The choir seen from the transept.

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Detail on the birth of a vault.

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The large window of the facade. On his left, the organ, regularly used.

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The nave against the light.

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The paschal candle.

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A side aisle. The church has the shape of a Greek cross, the nave is relatively short.

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Play of shadow and light.

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Stained glass windows Always very colorful, they were installed during the construction of the church.

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The winter chapel. A fire in the 70's damaged the vaults. A false ceiling now hides them.

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A Marian bas-relief above the door of the winter chapel.

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The plaque of the inauguration, the time when Herseaux was still part of the province of West Flanders.

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The tabernacle. It's made of repoussé copper.

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The arches of the vaults form the skeleton of the building.

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The top of the vaults. Paneling should have filled the caissons. Instead, wooden panels were placed there. What was provisional became definitive.

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The only image of the height. My dizziness, the narrowness of the place, and lack of railing prevented me from going further. A wrong move here and we crash 20 meters below.

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Arrival in the hall of bells... where there is only one. The belfry is in I-Beams.

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The bell is tinged by the hammer (right) to mark the hours while she leaves on the fly (the steering wheel is visible on the left) for special occasions.

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Signature of the bell : "FR SERGEYS M FONDUE A LOUVAIN EN 1937". Fernand-François Sergeys was part of a foundry dynasty of the early twentieth century around 1979. The Sergeys bells are found throughout the country.

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Wire mesh (visible from the outside in the first part of this report). The amount of guano in the tower is very small. Some corpses of pigeons have nevertheless been found.

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The reinforced concrete structure of the tower. It is found on each floor. Obviously, the concrete begins to age a little. Above, we find ourselves in the spire.

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The wood-frame of the spire. Just restored, it is in impeccable condition.

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The mysterious inscription on the wood-frame. Perhaps the signature of a carpenter, it was made of slate's nails.

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End of the visit.

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October 2010

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Note

  1. Information about the bell founder was found here.