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Blauwhuis (Fr): St. Vitus (P.J.H. Cuypers, 1868-1871)


Blauwhuis (Blauhűs in Frisian) is a relatively young village, which emerged in ca. 1640. It has always been a catholic place, a true enclave in a mostly protestant area. Although until 1949 it wasn't officially even a village, it was a parish. Its church was built in 1868-1871 and was designed by P.J.H. Cuypers, who used many ideas he had previously intended for his church in Sappemeer (Gr). The St. Vitus was the first of seven churches Cuypers built in Friesland. It's a three-aisled cruciform basilica, with a pseudo-transept at the western parts of the side-aisles. The transept on the south-side is flanked by a tower. Remarkable is the prominent use of yellow-coloured natural stone.











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