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Valkenburg-Broekhem (L): St. Jozef (A.J.N. Boosten, 1929-1931)


In 1929 Alphons Boosten was commissioned to design a church for Broekhem, a former village that in 1940 became part of the town of Valkenburg. He designed a cruciform three-aisled church of marl stone with narrow side-aisles and a square tower with slender spire standing in the corner between nave and transept. The short semi-circular choir has an ambulatory with three apses which, like the side-aisles, is covered by a flat roof. Compared to the church in Bleijerheide Boosten had designed earlier in the same year, this new design was a much greater step in the development of his characteristic style. The design was obviously already quite unconventional, and the Episcopal Building Committee of the Roermond diocese demanded several changes. A point of criticism that however did not lead to a change in the design was the way the roof of the entrance interrupted the rose-window at the front.

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