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Report - [BE] Skurch - March 2015

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by OverArch, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. OverArch

    OverArch 28DL Full Member
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    I've been really bad at uploading the places I've visited recently, so I thought it was about time I corrected this. I visited with a few mates from Holland and we did five sites, this being one.

    Skurch is one of many abandoned churches in Belgium and is in a really bad way. There are bracings all over the outside of the building holding up the gable ends on almost every side and noticeable cracks on the outside. On the inside there are structural supports in a few of the arches and under the roof. As with most churches in Europe it's been added to over time and I think the main bell tower dates from Norman times. I've heard its recently been sealed tight because it is so unsafe.

    After a bit of a ball-crunching entrance we got inside and found ourselves in the sanctuary which was a rather dull modern addition to the building so we made our way into the main part of the church



    Then up the tightest spiral staircase I've ever come across and up to the raised organ platform and a look up at the tall window with the rose window above it




    And then back up the rickety old spiral staircase to the really tight walkway you can see just below the rose window in pic 3. If you don't have a head for heights or don't like below waist height balcony railings then I wouldn't recommend doing this bit - the walkway was also a bit to soft and springy for my liking but I gave it a go anyway. And I'm glad I did as its definitely the best way to see it



    And then as we made our way out I noticed the really nice ceiling detail which I hadn't noticed as we entered as it was so dark in there


    Thanks for looking :thumb

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