St. Bartholomeus Church in Merksem

The church dates back to the 15th century. In the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, the building is significantly enlarged and modified numerous times. After almost total destruction during the 2nd WO, the church is rebuilt between 1947 and 1950 to the pre-war plan by architect H. Hugh.

Picture by Harry Fabel

Inside the church, there is a wealth of baroque furniture: the portico altar made by Paschier in 1645, the side altars made by W. Kerrickx and W. Pompe was made in the early 18th century, the 17th-century paneling, and the confession and communion benches are made by Cornelis Struyf in 1734.

Picture by Harry Fabel

From the pulpit of Jan Pieter Van Baurscheit dating from 1725, only the original medallions were saved. In the 20th century, the church was enriched with glass frames by 'A. Stalins' in 1914 and 'J. Huet' in 1939. You can find the church at this address: At the corner of the Bredabaan and the Bartholomeusstraat, Merksem, Antwerp.

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