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Saint Remigius Church

The Saint Remigius Church (Dutch: Sint-Remigiuskerk) is a Roman Catholic church building in Simpelveld, The Netherlands. It is a neoroman cross shaped church with three naves, a tower with a waisted top, and a round apse. It is completely made up out of Kunradersteen, a local variant of chalk. The building is used as parish church for the local Saint Remigius parish. Patron saint for the church is Saint Remigius. Due to the inventory of the church, it has been listed as a rijksmonument, making it a national heritage site of the Netherlands.

Saint Remigius Church
Sint-Remigiuskerk
Kerk simpelveld.jpg
50°50′03″N 5°58′55″E / 50.8341°N 5.9820°E / 50.8341; 5.9820Coordinates: 50°50′03″N 5°58′55″E / 50.8341°N 5.9820°E / 50.8341; 5.9820
Location Simpelveld
Country Netherlands
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website parochiesimpelveld.nl
History
Status Rijksmonument
Founded 1921-1925
Architecture
Functional status Catholic church
Architect(s) Caspar Franssen
Style Neoroman

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HistoryEdit

The first mention of a church in Simpelveld dates from 1147. In this period Simpelveld was part of the diocese of Liège. First mention of the church being linked to Saint Remigius dates from 1203. The first church was largely destroyed during the Dutch Revolt and was later restored.

During the 19th and 20th century the population of Simpelveld increased, and the church was considered to be too small. Between 1921 and 1925 the church was extended by order of the parish priest, Hendrik Brewers, by Caspar Franssen. The graveyard, which originally surrounded the church, was relocated to its current position, a new choir was installed, a new sacristy and large transepts added. The church, however, remained too small, and the tower and nave were demolished and rebuilt by A. Swinkels between 1935 and 1937.

RijksmonumentEdit

Although the church itself is not a rijksmonument, a part of its inventory is, since April 5, 2005, under the number 33584.[1][2] Named as part of the monument are the altar rails, pulpit, organ and two confessionals. The inventory is dated between 1500 and 1949 and is considered national heritage due to "very high cultural historic value".[2]

Gallery of imagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] Description and images at kerkgebouwen-in-limburg.nl
  2. ^ a b [2] Description at monumentenregister.cultureelerfgoed.nl, official website for Dutch cultural heritage

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