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Jabeek (L): St. Gertrudis (P.J.H. Cuypers, 1859)

In 1850 in was decided that the old church of Jabeek would have to be replaced by a new one. An architect Jenneskens made two different designs but neither was built. In 1857 a new plan by P.J.H. Cuypers was accepted. This design was simplified to make it less expensive, which meant a different type of stone would be used and a stair-turret would not be built. In March 1959 work started. The 15th- century tower of the predecessor was maintained. On the location of the old church Cuypers built a three-aisled basilica in neo-Gothic style. Both nave and transept have wooden ceilings while  the choir and side-aisles have vaults. Peculiar is the transept, which is basically the heightened second trave of the side-aisles. Since the nave is only three naves long the position of the transept looks peculiar as well.


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