St. Nicholas' Church
Images Courtesy: Wikipedia
Painter: Eduard Gaertner (1801-1877)
Oil on Canvas
This very old Gothic style church was built during the 13th c and replaced an older church that had been built in the Romanesque style. Until the 13th century Ghent was, after Paris, the largest city in Europe, even larger than London and Moscow. By the 18th c this beautiful church was showing terrible signs of deterioration - store fronts had even been built against it! But by the turn of the 20th c plans were underway to refurbish it. Thank God for those men and women of that time who recognized how important it was to take care of this treasure left to us by 13th c man. This building, named after the great Christian, St. Nicholas, and built in God's honor, is a work of art and the world is richer for its continued presence in our modern lives.
St. Nicholas' Church Around the Last Decade of the 18th c
Notice the store fronts that had been built up against the facade.
In the photo below, taken by Jiel Beaumadier, they were thankfully, during the course of renovation, removed!
August 3, 2005
I will leave you today with a sweeping interior photo by Petrus Silesius
Photo Taken: September 3, 2005