Church of St. John the Baptist, Molenbeek

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Church of St. John the Baptist
French: Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Dutch: Sint-Jan-de-Doperkerk
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste à Molenbeek.jpg
50°51′26″N 4°20′26″E / 50.85722°N 4.34056°E / 50.85722; 4.34056Coordinates: 50°51′26″N 4°20′26″E / 50.85722°N 4.34056°E / 50.85722; 4.34056
LocationParvis Saint Jean-Baptiste / Sint-Jan-Baptistvoorplein
B-1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Brussels-Capital Region
CountryBelgium
DenominationRoman Catholic
History
DedicationSaint John the Baptist (patron saint of Molenbeek)
Architecture
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationProtected[1]
Designated29/02/1984
Architect(s)Joseph Diongre
Architectural typeParish church
StyleArt Deco
Groundbreaking1930
Completed1932
Specifications
Number of towers1
Tower height56 metres (184 ft)
MaterialsReinforced concrete
Administration
ArchdioceseMechelen-Brussels

The Church of St. John the Baptist (French: Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Dutch: Sint-Jan-de-Doperkerk) is a Roman Catholic church located in the centre of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, a municipality of Brussels, Belgium. It is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, the patron saint of Molenbeek.

Designed by Joseph Diongre and built in 1931 in Art Deco style, it is one of three major churches in Brussels made of reinforced concrete (the other two are the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Koekelberg and the Church of St. Augustine in Forest).[2] The church and the Catholic parish it belongs to gave their name to the municipality. The building received protected status on 29 February 1984.[3]

The church is located on the northern side of the Parvis Saint Jean-Baptiste/Sint-Jan-Baptistvoorplein, not far from the Municipal Square. This site is served by Comte de Flandre/Graaf van Vlaanderen metro station on line 5 of the Brussels metro.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Engineering Erfgoed. 150 jaar structuurinnovatie in Brussel. Verslag van de studiedag van 7 juni 2011, georganiseerd door de VUB, de ULB en het CIVA, Ministerie van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Bestuur Ruimtelijke Ordening en Huisvesting (Brussels, 2011).
  • Antoon-Willem Maurissen: Bijdrage tot de geschiedenis van Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Baeté (Puurs, 1980).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Molenbeek-Saint-Jean - église Saint-Jean-Baptiste - Parvis Saint-Jean-Baptiste - DIONGRE Joseph". www.irismonument.be.
  2. ^ "Church of St John the Baptist in Molenbeek". visit.brussels. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  3. ^ "Molenbeek-Saint-Jean - église Saint-Jean-Baptiste - Parvis Saint-Jean-Baptiste - DIONGRE Joseph". www.irismonument.be. Retrieved 2019-05-12.