Saturday, January 16, 2010

St.Carolus Borromeus Church - Antwerp, Belgium

Time for some photos, and a short film (both of which I made in December), of the beautiful Baroque era, Saint Carolus Borromeus Church in Antwerp. This church was built by Jesuit monks in the 17th century, between 1615 - 1621. The exterior and interior of this church were both partly designed by Antwerp's famous Baroque era master artist, Peter Paul Rubens. His contribution is most evident on the exterior decorations and the interior main alter... elaborate, to say the least!

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Saint Carolus Borromeus Church - exterior
Antwerp, Belgium - December 2009

Main alter decorated for Christmas. I think, but am not sure, that is a painting by Peter Paul Rubens over the alter. I need to do a little research on that to be sure.... though if not a Rubens, I'd be surprised.

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Main Alter Saint Carolus Borromeus Church
Antwerp, Belgium - December 2009

A view of the ceiling above the main alter.

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Saint Carolus Borromeus Church - ceiling view above main alter
Antwerp, Belgium - December 2009

Gallery over the main section of the church. Due to recontruction work going on beneath this area, the gallery was inaccessible. This church has suffered two horrible fires, the last one being as recent as August 2009 - fortunately, none of the masterpieces in the church were damaged or destroyed. Would have been cool to get a picture from up here though ...

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Interior Gallery - Saint Caroulus Borromeus Church
Antwerp, Belgium - December, 2009

Carved decoration on the wooden front door of the church - view to the old city library building across the square in front of the church.

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
St. Carolus Borromeus Church - Main Door
Antwerp, Belgium - December, 2009

This is the short film - I shot this from the square in front of the church. I do not know the composer nor the title of the piece the street-violinist is playing ,though it is lovely music and lucky that I captured it on this film! (please pardon the odd sound at 18secs., I couldn't remove it... oh well.)

film copyright 2009, Judith Nijholt-Strong
St. Caroulus Borromeus Church - exterior view
Antwerp, Belgium - December, 2009

That's all for now! I'm off on a return trip to Antwerp next week ...( it's my b'day week this time!). Be back blogging when I return. While I'm away, Sacha should be busy playing with all the cat toys she received for Christmas... lucky (and terribly spoiled) cat! ;o)
tot ziens,



Matthew Zadow said...

Hi there Judith!

I'm a self-employed, Canadian opera singer living in Brussels with my wife and two not-terribly naughty sons.

If you happen to be in Antwerp this coming Sunday the 24th of January, I'm singing the artist's mass in the St. Carolus Borromeus at 11h30. If that doesn't work, maybe you'll be able to see the St. John Passion on April 2nd 2010, also in the St. Carolus Borromeus.

I like your blog!


J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Well "Hi" back Matthew!

I don't know if I can attend the mass this coming Sunday, but we might be back in April. It would be so lovely to see/hear you sing in such a beautiful church.

Maybe you will sing in the Netherlands sometime?

Thanks for your comment and lots of success to you!!



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