Saint Martin's Church (Kortrijk)

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Saint Martin's Church
Sint-Maartenskerk
Saint-Martin's church
Kortrijk - Sint-Maartenskerk 2.jpg
Location Kortrijk (Courtrai)
Country Belgium
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
History
Founded 1390
Architecture
Heritage designation Monument
Style Gothic architecture
Completed 1390
Specifications
Height 83 m

The Saint-Martin's Church (Sint-Maartenskerk in Dutch) is the main church and one of the principal Gothic monuments of Kortrijk, Flanders, Belgium. The church is dedicated to the saint Martin of Tours.

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The first gothic Saint Martin's church, was burned down after the battle of Rozenbeke. This chuch was located at the place where a Roman church once stood (built in 650). The second church was built between 1390 and 1466, some remnants of which were incorporated in the present day church and remain visible. In 1585, the famous Sacramental tower was constructed in the choir. The current belltower dates from the 19th century, a rebuilding after a fire in 1862 ruined the choir and major parts of the roof and tower.

Amongst the artworks, old works of Gaspar de Crayer can be seen. The organ, dating to 1888, is a major work of Pierre Schyven.[1]

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Coordinates: 50°49′39.5″N 3°16′6″E / 50.827639°N 3.26833°E / 50.827639; 3.26833