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).
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.
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.
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!”
HOW TO GET THERE
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
3. Continue until you get to the next intersection and turn right again.
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.
DOORKIJKKERK AT NIGHT
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.
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