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Bergharen (G): St. Anna (C. Franssen, 1893)

After the Reformation the catholics of Bergharen had lost their church to the protestants. After almost two centuries of using provisional churches, in 1830 they built a new, real church, which by 1890 had become too small. Architect C. Franssen was commisioned to design a new church in 1892. The church would become one of the most impressive ever designed by this architect. As usual for that time, it is in neo-Gothic style, a three-aisled cruciform basilica. The church has a clerestory with circular windows and side-aisles with narrow, pointed ones. Possibly inspired by some recent work by his former employer P.J.H. Cuypers, Franssen gave the church a big square crossing-tower instead of the usual west tower.








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