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Scheveningen (ZH): H. Antonius Abt (J.Th.J. Cuypers & P. Cuypers jr., 1925-1927)


Although in the Middle Ages Scheveningen had had a catholic parish, during the Reformation a majority of the population had become protestant. At the beginning of the 19th century, when the ban on catholicism had been lifted, catholics formed about 7% of the population of the village, about 300 people. A first temporary church was built in 1830, which in 1833 and 1834 could be replaced by a small church in neo-Classical style. The fast growth of Scheveningen's population soon made the church too small. Already in 18576-1857 a new church was built elsewhere in the village, this time a single-aisled building in an early neo-Gothic style. This building too fell victim to the growth of the parish. In 1882 architect E.J. Margry added a three-aisled extension with a new choir to the church, resulting in a hybrid combination of early neo-Gothicism and neo-Gothicism. In 1925 it became clear that this was a temporary solution too, and in that year Jos. and Pierre Cuypers' design for a new church was accepted. Work began in 1926 and was completed the next year. It's a church in an Expressionistic style which is a bit more moderate compared to several churches the two architects had built together in the previous years. The church has a wide central aisle that allows everyone a good view on the altar and narrow side-aisles that are used for walking. The apse of the choir is decorated by a mosaic by A. Molkenboer.



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