Jan de Voslei 10
01 January - 31 December
Mon 9.00 - 12.00
Tue 9.00 - 12.00
Wed 9.00 - 12.00
Thu 9.00 - 12.00
Fri 9.00 - 12.00
Sat 9.00 - 12.00
Sun 11.00 - 12.00
The Church of Christ the King is a real unique one amongst the churches of Antwerp.
The architect Jos Smolderen designed this art-deco church of roman-byzantine inspiration as a pavilion for the religious Flemish art for the Exposition of 1930 in Antwerp. After that, the church was redesigned as a parish church. With its 64m high tower and three monumental domes, the church dominates the cityscape.
The interior of the east-western facing cross basilica is strongly defined by the spacious effect and the wonderful incidence of light filling the church. The remarkably homogeneous character of the neostyles comes to full expression by using primarily white marble and copper for the numerous altars, the pulpit, the choir- and communion rails and the confessionals.
Also, the contemporary works of art make this church into an extraordinary experience: the exceptional glass windows by Jos Michiels (Calders Studio), the sleek sculptures by Alfons De Roeck and the exquisite light fixture.
A special mention goes to the big electro-pneumatic Klais organ (1930) with its 5564 pipes that is often played during concert masses and during the yearly organ cycle (in October).
The church is easily accessible by private and public transport, and opened daily for visitors. A recommendation.
An art book with descriptions of the glass windows is available for purchase : “Church of Christ the King - Images and symbolism in glass windows”.