Sabena340 From Belgium, joined Jan 2000, 38 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2236 times:
I’m not in any way a regular church attendee, but churches do play an important role in the aesthetics of a village/town in Belgium. That got me thinking that it would be interesting to see who has the nicest looking/most interesting parish church. Our church is certainly a contender for the ugliest one of the bunch.
707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2166 times:
So I guess I have the oldest one for the moment !
Build in the XIIth century, St Germain is the church where I used to go when I was a kid. I then got married there last year (this picture was on our wedding booklet), and I am a regular attendee there (my baby girl also got baptised there).
No nice photo unfortunately, as it is quite 'city enclosed', but the picture is quite accurate (just a lot of houses have been 'removed')
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2116 times:
I forgot to mention that the church was used as a field hospital for British soldiers during our Revolution. When I was a kid we all used to look under the pews for bloodstains.
I may have pics here somewhere of the altar dressed for Christmas. I was back home a few years ago and took some snapshots. The parish priest came by and asked me how I was and I said "Well, I used to work there" and pointed at the altar "when Father Martin was here." The altar looked about the same.
He allowed as how Father Martin still had quite a following among the parishioners even though he'd been dead thirty years. He was a former military chaplain and a good man to know when the chips were down.