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I took has been this picture summer 2007 during a vacation day with my bike together my wife.
A very clear day with a lot sun and strong blue sky.
These "Priory of O.L.Vr of Betanie" is situated on 8 km of Bruges and 10km of Ostend, the small village Loppem as rural area with a very quiet atmosphere.
I took different picture, maybe later shall I places, the next of the series.
I have found a small history of these very nice priory, you can read in next text.

The priory is accessed via a tarmac lane and situated on a triangular and park. Square plan with four wings around a cloister garden. The church and the refectory are in line with each other on a central axis, the power of mind and body symbolizing. Symmetrical and well-balanced facades. The west wing also contains the private chapel, sacristy, guest quarters and reception area. The south wing is largely arranged as guest quarters and a conference room. The east wing houses the cafeteria and reading room for the boarders, laundry and kitchen area. In the north wing housed his library and scriptorium. Against the wall is a square bell tower under tent roof. On the first floor the former monastic cells now serve as bedrooms for the interns.
Despite the different construction phases the architecture of the church, the refectory and the four wings radiating from a unit. The buildings are constructed in pink red brick under saddle or pent roofs (slate). The Romanesque Revival style is inspired by the Basilica of Saint Lawrence-outside-the-Walls in Rome and the abbey church of San Miniato in Florence. Typically, the extensive use of the archway at the gates, doors, whether or not linked window openings and arched galleries and between the circulating levels frieze with herringbone interrupted by crutches crossing.
The church (1935-1936) is designed according to the principle of the golden section, the plan provides originally two towers, left and right of the portal but they are not implemented due to lack of money. Balanced and sober architecture with dominant octagonal crossing tower under conical roof with crowning wrought iron cross.
The facades are enlivened by ornamental brickwork as the circulating list meander motif under the eaves, the latticed brickwork in the gables of the west facade and celebration list of arms and diamond pattern at the crossing tower. The linked arched windows in the west wall and crossing tower rest on stone or brick columns and capitals have white stone die.

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