Church of St Peter and St Paul

This neo-gothic church in the centre of Ostend replaced the Church of St Peter that was destroyed by fire in 1896 leaving only the nearby brick tower (known as the Peperbusse – Pepper mill).

The new church was a prestige project of King Leopold II, who was so enthusiastic that many suspected he was responsible for the fire of the original church. Architect Louis Delacenserie from Bruges was inspired by the ‘ideal building plan’ such as that of the Cologne Cathedral and Votive Church in Vienna.

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