Although I am not religious, I consider myself quite spoiled when it comes to visiting fine Christian places of worship. I grew up in Den Hoorn Texel near the well-known village church with its striking white tower. During my internship, I passed the breathtaking kremlin of Pskov, Russia twice a day. And on holidays I viewed many more pretty ones. I never felt like visiting a church here in The Hague though. Untill I learnt about the Catholic Heilige Antonius Abtkerk in city district Scheveningen, an exceptional 1927 art deco gesamtkunstwerk.
From the outside, the Heilige Antonius Abtkerk may seem only a church in moderate expressionist style. On the inside, it is the most heavenly mix of catholic church art and jazz age splendour: stained glass windows with floral designs representing the twelve Christian virtues, the fourteen stations of the cross depicted in Venitian enamel mosaic, the stylized bronze work on the various altars and of course the apse with the magnificent memorial mosaic displaying the miraculous answer to prayer in Scheveningen during the cholera epidemic of 1848. Several residents from Scheveningen actually modeled for the mosaic. All this was designed by architect Jos Cuypers and his son Pierre Cuypers jr., stained glass- / mosaic designer Antoon Molkenboer and goldsmiths Jan Eloy Brom and Leo Brom.
There is a service in the Heilige Antonius Abtkerk about twice a week. Every month on the first and third Saturday the church is open for sightseeing. Every Thursday, an organ concert is organised.