The Saint Peter's church of Bazel


The historic center of of the small town of Bazel has the 14th century Saint Peter's church as its landmark. 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 is a classical paneling and neo-gothic altars and choir stalls. Tombs of the Vilain XIIII family hang against the outside wall of the winter chapel.

Picture by Harry Fabel

The church was protected as a monument in 1974. You can find it at this address: Kon. Astridplein 29, bazel-kruibeke.