St. Lucia of Ravenstein is a rare example of a church in true Baroque
style in the Netherlands and the only one in Noord-Brabant. At a time
when catholics in most of the country were forced to meet in buildings
disguised as houses or barns, Ravenstein, as a part of the catholic
duchy of Kleef, knew religious freedom. To
finance the construction of this church a lottery was held in 1729.
Unlike Baroque churches in the province of Limburg that are mostly
in a Southern Netherlands (Belgian) Baroque style, the St. Lucia is in
a style much more common in southern Germany. It consist of a square
nave with a narrow choir that has an octagonal tower at its east end.
On top of the tower is a lantern with a dome-spire. A similar
lantern-tower crowns the mansart-roof of the nave. The corners of the
nave are sloped and have a niche with a statue of a saint in it.
Unlike German Baroque churches the interior of the St. Lucia is very
sober. It has an octagonal dome-vault of plaster and wood, the
decoration on which was added in 1936. Several of the windows were
designed by Dom