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The Saint Antony Abbot Church

Scheveningseweg 235, 2584 AA The Hague
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Heilige Antonius Abt Scheveningen
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The Saint Antony Abbot Church is located in Scheveningen. The Saint Anthony Abbot Church was built in 1926 and was inaugurated 18 months later. The church, located in Scheveningen, is part of the Roman Catholic community and offers various celebrations during the week. The Saint Anthony Abbot Church has been a national monument since 1992. The church is open to visitors on the first and third Saturday of the month.

History
The Saint Antony Abbot Church was built in 1962 by the brothers Jos and Pierre Cuypers, they had the difficult task of building a Roman Catholic church in a still quite Protestant Scheveningen. As a result, the church became very business-like and sleek, even inside the church was not really Roman Catholic. That changed when Bouwmeester van der Ven got involved in the interior. Van der Ven ensured that the interior of the The Saint Antony Abbot Church became richly Roman Catholic. Marble, bronze, glass and lead now also characterize the inside of the church. After the church became a national monument in 1992, the restoration of the The Saint Antony Abbot Church started in 1997 after a subsidy.

Building
The Saint Antony Abbot Church was built in 1926 by the grandsons of Pierre Cuypers, Jos and Pierre. The Saint Antony Abbot Church was not allowed to become too Roman Catholic, so as not to provoke the partially Protestant community of Scheveningen. The church was built from the outside according to business expressionism. The Art Deco style was very much reflected in the interior of the Saint Anthony Abbot Church. In addition, to the left of the entrance of the church, a Celtic cross can be found. This used to be on the roof of the monastery chapel at the rear of the The Saint Antony Abbot Church. In the past, this chapel was used as a school, where the nuns taught poor girls. It was eventually used as a boarding school until 1919, after which it was evacuated by the Germans. The nuns returned for a while, but the chapel was demolished in 1992.

Accessibility
The Saint Antony Abbot Church is located in Scheveningen and is easily accessible by various means of transport. The car offers a solution for visitors from outside the city, via the N440 and the A12. Parking at the church is possible, but is paid from Monday to Sunday from 1 p.m. You do not have to pay for the church service on Sunday. In addition, the Saint Anthony Abbot Church is also accessible by public transport. Tram 1, but also bus 21 and 22 stop in front of the The Saint Antony Abbot Church.

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