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crossroad Vredestraat/Hoogstraat and Lapscheurestraat, 8340 Lapscheure [gps]
The patron saints of this church are the Holy Trinity and Saint Christian. She has an agitated history, just like the village has.
Lapscheure's first church was built in the 13th century but was destroyed during a flooding [more info]. Since their old church could not be saved anymore, the people from Lapscheure, decided to construct a new church at the present location, some 2 km away from where the old church was.
The first wooden church was built in 1640. In 1649, the villagers were granted permission to tear down the remains of their old church and to use the materials for the construction of the present one. She was consecrated in 1652. If you look attentively, you will see that there is something peculiar to this building: the tower stands on the eastern side (the only example in northern West-Flanders). If you have the chance, you should surely go and see the interior.
This beautiful church was recently restored
Thanks to Guido Vermeersch.
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