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Our Lady College, Antwerp

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College building to the right of the church

Our Lady College (Dutch, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwecollege) is a combined primary school and secondary school in Antwerp founded by the Society of Jesus. It was designed by Jules Bilmeyer and was originally founded in 1575.[1]

History

In 1575, the Jesuits opened their first school in the city in a building that became part of the Lessius Hogeschool. After war with Spain in 1576, the Jesuits had to leave the city, but returned in 1585 and reopened the school.

In 1607 and then again in 1655, the school had to move to larger premises to keep up with the expanding population.

In 1773, Pope Clement IV ordered for all Jesuit educational services to cease. The Jesuits did not return to Antwerp until 1840, when they reopened the college. It was situated in what is now a restaurant for students of the University of Antwerp.

In 1871, the capacity of the school again needed to be increased so land was bought in a series of streets in the centre of Antwerp called 'the Slates'. There, they got the architect Jules Bilmeyer to design the new school. It was completed in 1875. Twelve years later, he also completed the building of the church next door to the school, Our Lady of Grace Church (Dutch, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Gratie Kerk).[2]

Former Students

See also

References

  1. School Information retrieved 20 February 2014
  2. Structure Database retrieved 20 February 2014

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