Hidden Belgium: The see-through church

Hidden Belgium: The see-through church

You have to hike through apple orchards near Borgloon to reach the strange transparent church called “Reading between the Lines”.

Designed in 2011 by experimental Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh, it sits on a hill with a sweeping view across the lush landscape.

Modelled on local churches in the region, the installation is made from horizontal steel plates that almost disappear when the building is seen from certain angles. The visual confusion continues when you stand inside the church looking out at the landscape.

It’s a strangely poetic spot where local people sometimes gather in the evening to watch the sun go down.

Derek Blyth’s hidden secret of the day: Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Belgium”. He picks out one of his favourite hidden secrets for The Brussels Times every day.


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