The Christ King church in Antwerp

The church was built in a Roman-Byzantine style between 1928 and 1930 to a design by architect 'Jos Smolderen'. The building was a part of the 1930 World Exhibition in Antwerp. The complex had to serve as a pavilion for the exhibition of religious Flemish art and was intended as a national monument, based on the techniques and materials used. The design was also inspired by the basilica of 'Koekelberg', Brussels, which was build around the same time.


After the World Exhibition, the building was given its current function, a parish church. The German firm 'Johannes Klais Orgelbau' from Bonn built a monumental organ inside the church. The electrically driven organ was considered very modern at the time. The Klais Organ has 5564 pipes and is regularly played at concert services and during the annual organ cycle in October. With her 64 m high tower and 3 monumental domes the church dominates the city's neighborhood and skyline.


Since 1988, the building has been included in the UNESCO list of protected buildings. You can find the church at this address: Louis Straussstraat 1, Antwerp.