Holland has many beautiful, extremely ornate old churches. And though St. Ignatius Church is not nearly as old as Grote Kerk in the center of Den Haag, which was built in the 1500s, it is still full of history and beauty.
Located on Elandstraat in Den Haag Netherlands, St. Ignatius Church was consecrated in 1892. The church is 196 feet long (60 meters), 131 feet wide (40 meters), 114 feet high (35 meters) and each tower is 236 feet high (72 meters). Just on the outside dimensions alone it is a very impressive structure. However, once you walk inside you are immediately struck by its incredible beauty. Looking up you are in awe of the height of the ceiling as well as the intricate details of the ceiling, every square inch covered in artwork and designs.
Each area holds a very symbolic place, from the area in which to kneel in front of Christ and pray, to the statue that allows you to write your prayer and needs in the sand before him, to the massive baptismal vessel. The walls are filled with stone carvings that represent important members of the church at the time it was built, including the builder of the church in on scene.
But what about the Saint the church was named after, St. Ignatius? From the research we have been able to do it appears that the church was named after St. Ignatius of Loyola. Born in 1491, St. Ignatius was a Spanish knight who founded the Society of the Jesuits. He died in 1556 and is buried in Rome and was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1609 and canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. St. Ignatius was declared the patron of all spiritual retreats by Pope Pius XI in 1922.
Not only is St. Ignatius Church filled with physical beauty but it is also filled with religious beauty. So enjoy this photographic tour of St. Ignatius Den Haag Netherlands as much as we enjoyed capturing the beauty of it through our images for you.