St. Peter's church in Bazel

In the historic center of the small town of Bazel, you can find the 14th century St. Peter's church. This church, like so many other churches in Belgium, has had a turbulent building history. The oldest parts are from the 14th century. There was a prayer house on this spot that had the status of a parish church. In 964 this parish church was replaced by a Romanesque church and in 1364 by a Gothic church.

Picture by Harry Fabel

The old northern side aisle was rebuilt in 1666, the southern one in 1699. In 1714 the church received a new sacristy. After the fire of 1879, the choir was thoroughly restored and the lower church expanded to the design of architect P. Van Kerkhove.

Picture by Harry Fabel

The church has a number of sculptures, created by two famous sculptors from Temse: Adriaan and Filip Nijs. From their hand include the pulpit, a confessional, and the statues of St. Peter, St. Joseph, and a crucifix from the 18th century. Further, in the church, there are classical paneling and neo-gothic altars, and choir stalls. Tombs of the Vilain XIIII family hang against the outside wall of the winter chapel. The church was protected as a monument in 1974.

Picture by Harry Fabel

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