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Oisterwijk municipality / Gemeente Oisterwijk (NB)

Oisterwijk is a small town and a municipality located east of Tilburg, comprising also the villages Moergestel and Heukelom. Oisterwijk has had town rights since 1230 and was an important center of trade and industry until the Eighty Years War and the center of government of a much larger area. Until the late-20th century the town had some important leather processing and furniture making industry. Today Oisterwijk has some touristic importance, while many of its inhabitants are commuters. Moergestel and Heukelom became part of the municipality in 1997.



 

Oisterwijk

 

The St. Petrus' Banden is a neo-Gothic church designed by P.J.H. Cuypers and is a highlight in his career. It's one of his earliest attempts at a centralizing ground plan, following the example of the Liebfrauenkirche in the German city of Trier. The church was built in 1897 and replaced a previous church on the same location.

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This protestant church is a so-called Napoleon's church, named after king Lodewijk Napoleon (Louis Napoleon) who personally donated large sums of money in order to compensate protestants for the loss of their old churches when these were returned to the catholics. It's a small, modest building in neo-Classical style and dates from 1810.

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The St. Johannes van Oisterwijk is a church built in a combination of Expresionist and Traditionalist styles, designed by architect H.W. Valk. The church was built in 1926-1928 but the tower wasn't added until 1951-1953.

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Valk also designed the Franciscan convent O.L. Vrouw ter Linde, a complex in Expressionist style with chapel and school, built in 1928-1930.

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Moergestel



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