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Utrecht (U): St. Aloysiuskerk (H.W. Valk, 1922-1924)




This church counts as the first that was designed by H.W. Valk and was actually built. Although this architect had designed several churches starting from 1915, none had been built. This is a hexagonal church in neo-Byzantine/neo-Romanesque style with a 24 meters tall dome which is supported by six pillars. At the front is a small tower which is dwarfed by the dome. An early design shows a tall tower next to the church instead. Although the building looks like a centralizing church at first sight it has a conventional choir at its back. The church was built using reinforced concrete, which was then covered with a layer of bricks. Valk built one more dome-church a couple of years later, the much more complex St. Jan de Doper in Waalwijk, before switching to more conventional types of churches.





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