As most of you know, Apollo Journey is situated in the beautiful city of Breda. This vibrant city has a lot of upsides. It has a great public transport schedule, a lot of different highways lead up to all sides of Breda and the nightlife is great. But besides that last thing you, as our valued clients, only benefit from the first two positives. Well, we also have another Pro which outweighs every con imaginable.
The AnnaStede! This Neo-gothic cross basilica church is situated perfectly near a highway and multiple public transport outlets, and we are proud to call it our home. Our 3D artist Emile recently unearthed some old pictures of what the church used to look like so lets take a look shall we?
The main hall:
In this picture we can see the original main hall. Right were the church benches were placed we can now find our office, well.. not exactly. To accommodate every company situated in the AnnaStede the company Oomen Architecture built a series of glass cubes on top of their own construction within the church. The sermon chair you see on the right is still right were it belongs. It is however encapsulated by the officies of our church-mate NedMobiel.
What is a church without its organ right? On the balcony you could find this behemoth of an instrument for all the church to hear. We, as Apollo, also started honing our craft at this very spot before moving to the ‘ship’ of the church way up top.
This beautiful building would be nothing without its beautiful artwork. A lot of fresco’s have been preserved, like its stained glass counterparts. Some, however have been lost to the annals of time. Take for instance this green fresco, it might still be in another office downstairs but we have still yet to find this particular piece.
Finally I would like to show you a small quirk particular to this church, a Lourdes cave. The story goes that Blessed Virgin Mary appeared 18 times in The Cave of Massabielle in Lourdes. A 14 year old girl named Bernadette Soubirous went to gather some wood with her sister Toinette and a friend called Jeanette Abadie. Bernadette couldn’t keep up because she was in poorer health. While trying to catch up she heard a rustle coming from the cave and she went to investigate. There she found a vision of a woman dressed in white wearing a rosary.
Bernadette was illiterate, but did know that her vision was the ‘immaculate one’. This happened 18 times in total and was declared by the pope as canonised and thus true. The original cave is a pilgrimage destination for many religious people.
The Lourdes cave in the St. Anna Church was a copy for people who were unable to go to Lourdes.
The church has undergone a lot of changes to become the building we know and love today, but one thing is for certain. It is still amazingly inspirational.
Lets talk again soon,