Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk
Two chapels (Twee kapellen)
In the two most northern Dutch provinces of Friesland and Groningen one can find about twenty Romano-Gothic churches from the thirteenth century. The transition from Romanesque to Gothic style is visible in the introduction of the preliminary pointed arch. The churches originate mostly in the addition, extension and rebuilding of earlier build constructions. During a visit to the church in Huizinge I walked through the bizar space between the masonry vaults and the saddleback roof. These vaults are unknow to most visitors. The extension of the church with two chapels is an endeavour to show what is hidden beneath the roof. On both sides of the nave two new vaults are created resembling the old ones. Thus the plan of the church is formed into a cross. The vaults are now visible to visitors. The chapels offer a place for contemplation and protection with a view onto the open landscape. The isometry is similar to an X-ray and visualises the underlying construction. The praying people are like the characters in the paintings hanging in the church. The church in Huizinge is located on the highest place of the ‘wierde’ (an artificial mountain as save heaven during floods) on an oval graveyard from which one has an magnificent panorama.