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Location: Borgloon, Tongeren, South Limburg, Flanders, Belgium

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    The Doorkijkkerk (each) and the surrounding meadows and fields are a very romantic place in the late evening when the sun is low.

    The signposting of the hiking trail identifies the installation erected in 2011 as "Doorkijkkerkje", which roughly means through church in German. The official name of the artwork is "Reading between the Lines". It is an installation by the architectural duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh (an artificial name derived from the real names of the two architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh). It is located in the Haspengau hills, south of Borgloon, known for fruit growing. The installation in the basic form of a Western European church can also be understood as landscape art.

    Note if someone is looking for installation information on the Internet:
    In order to make the confusion perfect, in addition to the official name "Reading between the Lines" and the colloquial terms "Doorkijkkerk" (NL) and "Doorkijkkerkje" (BE), the name "Skeleton Church" also circulates, especially in Anglo-Saxon media.


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    • June 21, 2018

  • One of the eye-catchers of Pit is the see-through church by the Belgian architect duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh (Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh). Reading between the Lines is 10 meters high and consists of 100 layers of steel plate stacked on top of each other in the shape of a Loons church. The construction weighs no less than 30 tons. The special construction method ensures that the landscape always remains visible throughout the church, both from a distance and up close. The church is therefore present, but also absent from the landscape.

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    • July 4, 2021

  • An original idea and implemented in a very appealing way. You should take a look.

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    • September 25, 2021

  • In the late evening, when the sun is low, a very romantic place!

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    • June 21, 2018

  • The see-through church is located in the Hesbaye hills south of Borgloon, between the town and the Roman cobblestone, and can be regarded as landscape art. The whole is constructed from horizontal corten steel plates, connected by welded square plates. The whole is placed on a concrete foundation in the sloping landscape of Loon. The shape refers to the archetype of the Western European Church.

    This 'church', situated on a footpath, seems strange. As one gets closer, it gradually becomes apparent that it is not a church. Due to the use of horizontally placed steel plates, the building is more or less transparent, hence the name of the artwork. This transparency is all the more apparent when one enters the 'little church'.

    In mid-June 2016, the see-through church served as the setting for a musical event Listening between the Sounds by the Florilegium vocal ensemble.[1] In the early morning, the first cello suite by J.S. Bach (BWV 1007), followed by Gregorian music, the Flemish polyphony with Pierre de la Rue, Arvo Pärt and the 4'33" silence by John Cage in which the conductor, arms raised, stopped conducting.[2]

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    • August 20, 2021

  • "Doorkijkkerkje" (look-through church) is a nicer word than a skeleton church.

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    • March 5, 2019

  • An original church skeleton that gives you the feeling of being in a room even though it's open.

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    • March 24, 2020

  • Beautiful open space in which both the old standard fruit orchards with cow pasture and the new low trunk can be seen. This, in combination with various hollow roads and a sloping landscape, makes this area special. The see-through church is of course a nice experience ...

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    • May 9, 2021

  • To take top photos...

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    • July 22, 2021

  • It can be very busy here in good weather.
    A very nice spot with a beautiful view of the area.

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    • June 19, 2022

  • Atypical! Overlooking a wonderful valley! To have !

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    • November 18, 2020

  • This place is very nice to photograph

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    • January 1, 2022

  • Very worthwhile in early spring as soon as the blossoms appear, but very crowded during weekends and holidays.

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    • March 30, 2022

  • see-through church is a unique work of art, with a very nice viewpoint

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    • April 12, 2022

  • beautiful to walk and nice view

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    • April 28, 2022

  • Artwork by architect duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

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    • May 4, 2021

  • a real attraction of the Haspengouw region

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    • February 22, 2021

  • beautiful place especially in good weather.

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    • March 8, 2021

  • Beautiful exotic hike along orchards but also vineyards.
    Splendid !

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    • August 4, 2023

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