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Collège épiscopal Saint-Barthélemy
Collège épiscopal Saint-Barthélemy
Collège épiscopal Saint-Barthélemy
Collège épiscopal Saint-Barthélemy

Rue Hors Château, No. 21 - Saint-Barthélemy Episcopal College

As indicated by the date written in roman numerals, the college building was built in the middle of the 1920’s according to the plans drawn up by the architect Verlinden. The parts in sculpted stone nevertheless include many reminiscences of Art Nouveau, which at the time had already become outmoded. Its presence is all the more astonishing, given that this style had, to a certain extent, been rejected by the Catholic Church. By carefully observing the façade, it is possible to spot many naturalistic plant motifs: crowns of roses, bay leaves, garlands of ivy, etc. Certain more structural elements also pay witness to this Art Nouveau heritage: the door floor panel in blue stone, the curved shapes around the coping, etc. These patterns are logically associated with Catholic symbols: a bishop’s crosier and mitre, a bible, a cross and the motto ‘non recuso laborem’ (I cannot refuse the task). The coat of arms engraved is that of the Bishop of Liège at the time of construction, Martin-Hubert Rutten.

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