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Bunnik (U): St. Barbara (A.J.N. Boosten, 1939)



After having lost their church during the Reformation, the catholics of Bunnik had no church until 1718, when the authorities tolerated the construction of a small barn church in the Schoudermantel hamlet south-east of the village. After a failed attempt at restitution of the old church and several provisional repairs between 1819 and 1823, the barn church was replaced by a church in neo-Classical style in 1845, a design of architect W.J. Vogelpoel. The small church was extended in 1885 with a new choir designed by L.C. Hezenmans.

This church was itself replaced when in the late 1930's plans were made to build a new church in the heart of Bunnik itself. Architect Alphons Boosten from Maastricht was commissioned to design the new church. A bit of an odd choice, as the architect was almost exclusively working in the province of Limburg.

The short tower is in Boosten's usual, robust style. A stair-turret is fluently incorporated in the tower. The front of the church reminds of the westworks of some Romanesque churches, and has a big "rose-window" of a type that's also present in the transept's facades. At the front the portal is seamlessly connected to a baptistery. The choir is of a type Boosten often used, with a semi-circular apse with ambulatory and an overall height slightly bigger than that of the nave.






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