A church in Borgloon with a difference: not so much history, but a spectacle of modern art.
It’s inevitable that when you travel around Europe, you’ll end up visiting a lot of churches, but don’t worry, none of them are quite like this. The church, Doorkijkkerk, was designed by Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh and built in 2011. Despite being made with 30 tonnes of steel, this architectural delight exists harmoniously within the rolling hills of Borgloon.
Doorkijkkerk is constructed from 100 stacked layers of weathered steel plates with gaps between them which you can see through, making the church aptly named. Every angle gives you a different perspective of the church, seemingly dissolving into the landscape in one moment and merging into a solid building in the next. You can speculate about the meaning of this piece of modern art, but its architects will give you no answers, declaring only that: “the space between the form leaves room for interpretation”.
Part of a project that aimed to bring art into the public space, it is in fact located in the middle of a pear farm and it’s a bit out of the way, making it more of a hidden gem!
Beginning in the centre of Borgloon, there are 5 Greenspot Grootloon loops to choose from. Long or short, they all take you up to the church and showcase the Haspengouw landscape - so expect a few hills!
Starting point: Starting Point: Markt, 3840 Borgloon, Belgium
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