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Vorchten (G): Reformed church

Vorchten was elevated to a parish in 1176, but some sources say it had a church as early as the 9th century. Of today's church the tower is the oldest part. It was probably built shortly after that year 1176 and is in Romanesque style and built out of tuff. Interestingly, it's part of a reduced westwork, with narrow spaces flanking it on both sides. The saddleback roof and the gables were probably added in the 17th century.

The nave probably dates from the 13th century and was also built out of tuff. It's walls were heightened in the 14th century and in 1856 it was radically rebuilt, with part of the walls clad with modern bricks and the three small windows replaced by two big ones on either side. The choir is in Gothic style and built in the 14th century, possibly using the tuff stones from its Romanesque predecessor, and heightened using bricks in the 15th century.




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