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“Impressive Romanesque Basilica”

Maria Hilf Kirche der Redemptoristen
Antwerp, Belgium
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“Impressive Romanesque Basilica”
Reviewed 5 November 2011

This Abbey Church was founded 1900-1909 by the Redemptorist order (Congregation of the most Holy Redeemer). Since that time the Romanesque brick building dominates the northern area of the old town. When in1896 plans of the Church were started, architects were still under the spell of the then Romanesque spirit which dominated the second half of the 19th century so the Basilica got two colossal towers with till top square floor plan and steep roof, according its medieval model, originally these should have flanked the west facade, as the Cathedral of Speyer, but due to soil conditions these had to be built at their current spot on either side of the choir. This choir is determined by the paintings of the apse: central figure is the Christ in Majesty worshipped by Mary and Joseph, above this the Holy Spirit in the shape of a dove surrounded by seven flames (seven gifts of the spirit), above it God the father surrounded by the symbols of the six days of creation and the twelve signs of the Zodiac (expression of omnipotence and omnipresence of God). In the middle of the apse the image of “Perpetual Help” in a gold frame, the original of this “Mother of God” image is a Greek icon which hangs in the St. Alphonsus Church in Rome.

Visited August 2011
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