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I took this picture in the afternoon bicycle trip 22 km.

SIJSELE 8 km from Btuges.

The Sint-Maartens church or Sint-Martinus church is the parish church of the town of Sijsele, which is part of the West Flemish municipality of Damme, located on Dorpsstraat.

The parish of Sijsele is very old and encompassed a large area, including that of the later Bruges. Before 875 there was probably a place of worship in the form of a castle chapel. Around 862 the parish was donated by the count of Flanders to the Sint-Maartenskapittel in Utrecht.

Presumably in the first half of the 11th century, a Romanesque cross church was built, which had three altars dedicated to Saint Martin, Saint Sebastian and Saint Anna. The church was destroyed in 1578 during the religious struggle. In 1611 the church was somewhat restored, using material from the - also destroyed - Spermalia Abbey. However, the church was again damaged, in 1634 by State troops and in 1676 by French troops.

In the 18th century, the church was regularly restored and the interior embellished. In 1790 work began on the renovation and extension of the church, whereby the choir and two bays were increased. This work had to be stopped in French times, but in 1802 the church reopened, but it now looked curious, for the part just rebuilt was higher than the tower and there was no ceiling. From 1836-1837, the old church was demolished and the renovated church adapted to the already rebuilt part. However, the church soon became too small, and in 1890 the construction of a new, neo-Gothic church began. This church was officially consecrated in 1898.

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