Local Heart, Global Soul

July 12, 2017

An Understated, Peaceful And Popular Chapel…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Inside the little chapel at Schokland I find  simple, beautiful and fairly plain decor.

There are no stained glass windows, no statues, little architectural decoration on the ceiling or walls.

The undoubted focal point of the room is the pulpit and it’s decorative roof.

Even these decorative elements are extremely understated when compared with other churches I have been in.

The pews are painted, a soft grey colour that compliments the dimensions and style of the chapel.

I can’t take a photograph that shows the entire interior because a couple, their young son and the pastor are talking, sitting in one of the ends of the center pews, discussing plans for their upcoming wedding in the chapel.

I asked if I was in the way and was assured no… I get the sense that this is a popular wedding venue, and why not? the chapel and location are wonderful. I take photos in a way that carefully exclude the others and enjoy the stillness and peace that this chapel resonates.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

2 Comments »

  1. I love this post. Wonderful post. Especially I loved the Votive ship – so beautiful. I do not remember, if You have seen my collection of them:

    Ships inside churches.

    Thank You for this post. Have a good day!

    Comment by Sartenada — July 13, 2017 @ 8:06 am | Reply

  2. Sartenada,
    An excellent link, you are right, they are really intricate. It looks like many of them are models of the actual ships people were saved from, or had sailed in! Thank you, it’s some of your photography at it’s finest 🙂
    I think that ships inside churches are a reflection of the dangerous times that sailors had to endure, and in many cases, in many parts of the world, still do.
    The waiting at home, and in severe storms, maybe in churches praying for their loved ones return… those waiting times must have been agonizing.

    Comment by kiwidutch — July 14, 2017 @ 9:10 pm | Reply


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