Antwerp, Churches and Tourism
Tourism Pastoral, Diocese of Antwerp (TOPA vzw)

The Antwerp jesuit church, a revelation.

The façade

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The impressive façade was directly inspired by the one of the 40 years older mother church of the order in Rome: the ‘Gesù’ or Jesus’ Church, built by Giacomo della Porta, ca. 1575. A Renaissance or Baroque church front wants to show itself fully, without being hindered by a tower. So, as far as volume and structure are concerned, the front is a far better echo of the building behind it. The combination of a high nave with lower aisles is counterbalanced by big volutes. Also typical is the predilection for the classical order of columns. In fact, this Antwerp ultramodern church of those days was only a new version of an older model since Baroque evolved slowly.


Subdivisions of the façade
section (A)corresponds with a level inside. The crowning of the front, a triangular fronton, is not considered a section as such.
the base of the lowest section of the Antwerp Jesuit church – including three steps – is largely hidden under the present level of the square.
bay (B)bays 1 and 7: stairs towers; bays 2 and 6: aisles; bays 3-4-5: central nave
cornice (D)always profiled; here partly protruding or recessed
volute (E)(Lat. volutum: scroll) a spiral curl
portals (F)main porch in the centre; smaller porches at the sides