Gemeente Toerisme Houthalen-Helchteren

Sint-Martinuskerk (church)

the old Gothic church, with chancel and tower Dorpsstraat (in the centre of Houthalen) 15th century

The chancel was built out of limestone on a base of Maas cobblestones and mentions the construction date 1437. The tower is made of brick.

A particularity:

Between the old tower and the chancel, in 1938 a new nave was built. The new church faces from North to South, while the old church with the altar was East-facing. The brick Gothic tower dating from around 1500 is also a defence tower with arrow slits and buttresses.

The old images, the furniture and the organ have also been preserved and are listed.

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