Vrouwekerk (J.Th.J. Cuypers & P. Cuypers jr., 1921)
generations of the Cuypers family built churches in Bussum. But while
P.J.H. Cuypers' St. Vitus was closed and rebuilt into
apartments, this design by his son and his grandson now is Bussum
principal catholic church. Although usually called Mariakerk, it's also known as Koepelkerk
('dome-church') for obvious reasons. It was built as the second parish church of
The church has a mostly square ground-plan,
with a cruciform central space and additional spaces filling the corners of the
square. The central space is covered by a large polygonal lantern with a dome. Windows are remarkably
small, as the central space is illuminated from above by the windows of the
Of special interest is the choir which, although quite small, is
probably the richest decorated part of the exterior.
Although there are similarities to the dome-churches J. Cuypers designed for Dongen and
Beverwijk, this one is the most Expressionist in style. This raises
the idea that Jos Cuypers made a general design, leaving the details for
his son to fill in.