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.