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Dongen (NB)





The old reformed church dates from the 15th and the 16th centuries. It has a tower in early-Campine Gothic style. In 1648 the church was confiscated by the protestants, just after the nave had been rebuilt. After a long period of neglect the roof of the nave collapsed in 1928. Since then the nave is a ruin and only the transept and choir are now used.






Because the protestant minority ignored a government order to return the old church to the catholics the latter had to build a new church. That church itself was destroyed by fire in 1917 and in 1920-1921 replaced by this St. Laurentius, designed by J.Th. J. Cuypers.





A second Roman Catholic church, the St. Joseph, was built in 1906-1907. It was a three-aisled neo-Gothic church, designed by J.H.H. van Groenendael. In 1955-1956 the church was extended and given a new front, designed by architect C. Schellekens. Unfortunately, the Dongen municipality (illegally) demolished the church in 2009.



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