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Kapelle (Z): reformed church

The parish of Kapelle was founded between 1216 and 1248. Little is known about the first church, except that the current church was built at the same location and gradually replaced its predecessor.

The oldest part of the church is the southern choir, which was built between 1320 and 1325. It is very similar in style to the slightly older choir of the church of nearby Kloetinge. In ca. 1400 a consistory was built next to the choir.

The tower dates from the second half of the 14th century. In 1427 the portal at the front was added. The corner-turrets on the top of the tower were added after that. The church has a  three-aisled pseudo-basilican nave which dates from the first half of the 15th century. In ca. 1480 it was heightened. The southern side-aisle runs along the side of the tower, where it becomes a chapel.

At the end of the 15th century the northern choir was built at the east end of the northern side-aisle. By that time the church had become a chapter church. Attached to the northern choir is a mortuary chapel from the early 16th century.

In 1578 the church was confiscated by the protestants, who disbanded the chapter and removed much of the interior. The exterior however has hardly changed ever since.


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