Episode 32: Koepelkerk

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Welcome back to the Meet Maastricht podcast! For our first pod of 2021 we thought we would stick with another beautiful church – the Koepelkerk (or dome church), also known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Join Lucy and Katrina as they discuss this church’s place in Maastricht’s colourful history.

The first image above (top left) shows a model of the Koepelkerk, designed by architects Alphons Boosten and Jos Ritzen, also including the two towers and sacristy which were never built (c. 1920 – 1923, (c) RHCL). The second image (top right) shows an aerial view of Akerstraat from the east including the Scharnerwegtunnel, Wyckerpoort, Koepelkerk, and Akerpoort (1962, (c) RHCL).

The third image above (bottom) shows the Akerstraat and a steam train with the Koepelkerk on the right in 1958 ( (c) RHCL).

The top photo above is the laying of the foundation stone for the Koepelkerk, taken in 1921 ( (c) RHCL). The photograph on the bottom shows the Lord Huize Sint Joseph, an educational institution for boys, c. 1910 – 1914 ( (c) RHCL).

The first image above (top left) shows the entrance to the Koepelkerk in 2018 ( (c) Kleon3 via Wikimedia Commons). The second image (top right) shows the floor plan of the church with a photograph of the interior of the dome in the centre ( (c) breurhenket.com).

The third photograph (bottom left) shows the interior of the church in 1955 ( (c) RHCL). The fourth photograph (bottom right) shows the exterior in c. 1930 – 1939 ( (c) RHCL).

The first image above (left) shows a sculpture by Gerard Hack of Saint Christopher with Christ as a child on his shoulder ( (c) breurhenket.com). The second image (centre) represents the Sacred Heart, created by Gène Eggen ( (c) breurhenket.com). The third image (right) shows a sculpture of Gerardus by Roermond artist Th. Cox, dated 1922 ( (c) breurhenket.com).

The first image above (top left) shows the entrance to the modern interior of the Koepelkerk chapel ( (c) breurhenket.com). The second photograph (top right) shows a section of wall between the church and chapel with four stained glass windows by Hubert Duys added in 1952, representing four of eight beatitudes from the Gospel of Matthew ( (c) breurhenket.com). The bottom image shows the modern interior of the church ( (c) breurhenket.com).

Below is a video (with English subtitles) showing the interior of the church in 2016, highlighting specifically the church’s hybrid organ.

Above is a photograph of the Canisius Choir at the Koepelkerk in 1927, with Father H. Wijsen in the centre ( (c) RHCL).

The first image above (top left) shows a young couple outside the Koepelkerk on their wedding day in 1952 ( (c) RHCL). The second image (top right) shows a large group of local children at their First Holy Communion c. 1970 ( (c) breurhenket.com). The third image (bottom left) shows the Koepelkerkkoor (Dome Church Choir) ( (c) Guy van Grinsven via breurhenket.com). The final photograph (bottom right) shows the singing group De Zingende Potsvrouwe (also known as De Ghesellen van den Sanck), which was originally associated with the Koepelkerk and lives on as the a Capella group, Vocal Harmony ( (c) discogs.com). You can visit their website here!

Below is a video of the De Ghesellen van den Sanck / De Zingende Potsvrouwe singing ‘Mie Leef Mestreech’ from their 1992 CD Vive-le-Vink.

As always, if you have something you have always wanted to know about Maastricht or wanted to ask a local, please contact us through social media or our website and we will do our best to answer your questions in future episodes!