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Sunday, 06 February 2011
The back of St Catherine


This is the back of the Saint Catherine’s church in the centre of Brussels. I have previously posted a photo of the front of the church here. There is known to have been a chapel on this site in 1200, which backed onto the then city’s ramparts. Construction on this church begain in 1854.  Remnants of the city wall still remain nearby, and according to Wikipedia, because of the proximity of the foundations of St. Catherine’s church and the old city wall, the line immediately to the east of the station has the sharpest curve on the entire Brussels Metro system and is subject to a severe speed restriction.  Wikipedia being what it is has an article on the St Catherine Metro station, but not on the church.  Adjacent to the church is a reclaimed dock, which can be seen in the distant right in my photograph.  There is a short article on the church at Via Michelin which highlights that the church is built in a mixture of styles, inspired by St-Eustache in Paris.

Here’s a lovely diptych of Saint Catherine’s ChurchSaint Catherine herself was from Alexandria, Egypt, and converted to Christianity as a teenager. She is normally associated with the torture wheel that she was sentenced to death on, although legend has it that the wheel broke and she was beheaded.

Posted by bigblue on 06/02/2011 at 05:29 PM
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