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Petit Futé's opinion on CHURCH HALL SAINT-FOLQUIN

Plate millesim 2022

The church of Esquelbecq is original, it is indeed a hallekerke, i.e. a hall church. In a hallekerke, the central nave and the side aisles are of equal height and sometimes of equal width, as in Esquelbecq. The whole is 1,000 m2. The building is dedicated to Saint Folquin, bishop who died in Esquelbecq in 855 and cousin of Charlemagne. At the time, the inhabitants invoked the saint in case of fever or infertility. The building was remodelled several times and registered as a Historic Monument in July 1945. However, it suffered terribly from a fire on 11 April 1976. Following this tragic episode, an architect from the Historical Monuments took charge of its preservation. The hallekerke was rebuilt exactly as it was before. The identity of the building was respected, especially the façade with its geometrical forms of white stone and red bricks. This church is unique and really worth a look outside, but also a visit inside, if only to visualize the principle of the hallekerke where all parts communicate. Raise your eyes to see the beautiful wooden ceiling studded with stars. The Romanesque low tower can be reached at the end of a 75-step staircase.

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Open all year round. Free of charge. Guided tour (on reservation for individuals and groups (paying visits). Contact the Esquelbecq Tourist Office, located at 9 place Bergerot or by phone at 03 28 62 88 57).

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