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Kerkrade-Kaalheide (L): St. Jozef (J.H.H. van Groenendael, 1928)




The St. Jozef in the Kaalheide neighbourhood of Kerkrade is one of architect J.H.H. van Groenendael's more eclectic designs. It's a three-aisled cruciform church that features influences from several styles, especially Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque. The church is mainly built of small irregular blocks of nievelsteiner, with marl used for traceries and edges and horizontal layers.
The nave is four traves long and is flanked by a tower on the south side and a chapel on the north side. The tower is crowned with a pear-shaped spire, a shape that is repeated on the small crossing-tower. The three remaining side-aisles have gables and seperate roofs, square on the roof of the nave, a feature seen in many neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque churches but not by Van Groenendael. The windows in the nave and the transepts are mostly large, three-part pointed ones. The eastern part of the church is in neo-Romanesque style. The choir has a semi-circular apse with small round windows. Similar but smaller apses are at the east sides of the transept.









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