Sacred Heart Church (Heilig Hartkerk)

Sacred Heart Church was built on the initiative of industrialist and art collector Baron Evence Coppée between 1921 and 1925 and consecrated in 1925. Architect Blomme borrowed elements from different styles for the brick church. The church tower has a distinctive pear-shaped spire. The church furnishings combine eighteenth and nineteenth-century elements. The doorway is framed by a double round arch which is very much in keeping with the houses in the mining city’s garden suburb. The stained glass representing the life of Christ and the martyrdom of St Barbara is also noteworthy. See if you can find this patron saint of the mineworkers. She keeps an eye on Ghent artist Raf Mailleux’s mine workers’ sculpture from a niche in the façade.