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New Life for Old Churches. Reusing Religious Buildings in the Netherlands
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New Life for Old Churches. Reusing Religious Buildings in the Netherlands

(Hans Ibelings) The Low Countries - 2002, № 10, pp. 56-59

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Nowadays very few new churches are built in the Netherlands. But secularisation has another consequence: more and more existing churches are falling into disuse. Some of these buildings are given a second lease of life: they are now used - after the necessary conversions – as sport halls, museums, concert halls, car parks, and offices etc. Religious buildings are sometimes respected – provided they are old enough. Newer churches that fall into disuse are far more likely to be demolished

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