Doorkijkkerk - © Yannick Ciancanelli

How To Get To The “Reading BetweenThe Lines” Transparent Church In Borgloon – Belgium

After having seen an article online about this piece of art called Doorkijkkerk (which is made out of 30 tons of steel and 2000 columns) I had to go visit it as soon as I could. I took my family and my favorite camera and went there after a one week vacation in Belgium (Europe).

Reading Between The Lines - The Transparent Church in Looz, Limburg, Borgloon - Belgium - © Yannick Ciancanelli

Reading Between The Lines – The Transparent Church in Looz, Limburg, Borgloon – Belgium – © Yannick Ciancanelli

When we got there there was a man sitting in a bench with his wife. He was playing very relaxing tunes on his guitar while I was preparing my gear for shooting. It was such a magical moment. Sadly the man left the place after 30 minutes.
I met another person who told me that he knew one of the guys who made the monument. He then told me that that same guy made way more of these things and that there’s something like a tour where you can visit them all. There are signs in front of the monument with more info.

My son literally reading between the lines - © Yannick Ciancanelli

My son literally reading between the lines – © Yannick Ciancanelli

More people passed by, walking. Then suddenly two german speaking men came with their DSLRs (Nikonians) and photographed the metal structure at many different angles. They had no issue with walking into my frame and I had to photoshop them out for my main pictures. I spoke to one of them at the end and he told me that he saw the building (if you can call that) on the internet and that he wanted to take some pictures of it.

The inside of the church, under the dome - © Yannick Ciancanelli

The inside of the church, under the dome – © Yannick Ciancanelli

What he also told me was that, even though there are many ways to find it, they did not find the actual location of the transparent church until they asked some locals to get directions. I had searched some Flickr images and checked out the GPS data to get there, but I did not find it instantly either, so I thought:
“Hey, let’s make a guide to show future visitors how to get there!”

Other angle - Reading Between The Lines - The Transparent Church in Looz, Limburg, Borgloon - Belgium - © Yannick Ciancanelli

Other angle – Reading Between The Lines – The Transparent Church in Looz, Limburg, Borgloon – Belgium – © Yannick Ciancanelli

HOW TO GET THERE

Here are the exact Google Maps Coordinates.

If that’s not enough, or if you’re having trouble finding it anyway, then here’s a description on how to get there:
1. Get to Grootloonstraat, 2 in Borgloon, Limburg
2. Instead of driving into the street called Grootloonstraat, turn right

How to get to the transparent church

How to get to the transparent church

3. Continue until you get to the next intersection and turn right again.

Now park your car exactly here

Now park your car exactly here

4. Park your car where I have inserted the Parking sign.
5. You will see the structure already. Now you have to walk for about 2 minutes.
6. Done, you got there, yay.

VIDEO

DOORKIJKKERK AT NIGHT

Count The Stars Between The Lines - © Yannick Ciancanelli

Count The Stars Between The Lines – © Yannick Ciancanelli

Read Between The Lines At Night With Stars - © Yannick Ciancanelli

Read Between The Lines At Night With Stars – © Yannick Ciancanelli© Yannick Ciancanelli

Other angle - Read Between The Lines At Night With Stars - © Yannick Ciancanelli

Other angle – Read Between The Lines At Night With Stars – © Yannick Ciancanelli

It was, all in all, a great experience and I do not regret having been there. I was a little disappointed by the extremely bright full moon that night (as I wanted to take star pictures with the monument) but it was still worth it. There is something very relaxing about this place and even my wife and son liked it a lot. We saw a bat at night in the fields, did some light painting around the structure and there was even a guitar playing man sitting at the bench for that note of relaxation.

SOME MORE INFO

The sign with all the details - right before getting to the monument

The sign with all the details – right before getting to the monument

Crop of the sign with all the details - right before getting to the monument

Crop of the sign with all the details – right before getting to the monument

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