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How ordinary does the above image of this church seem to you? Apart from the fact that it is quite small, you would say it looks perfectly ordinary. This structure which has looked perfectly plain (so far) is located in the open spaces of the rural region of Borgloon, Limburg in Belgium. The interesting part however is its name. This church is known as “Reading between the Lines”. You could either ask why or you could take a look at the following image and clear that doubt of yours anyway.

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Marvellous! Isn’t it? This structure was built in such a manner that when viewed from different angles it gives different levels of visibility to the viewer by partially or totally blending in with the landscape. For the very same reason, it is more commonly known as “The See Through Church” and even “The Invisible Church”.

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The church provides a different look to it from every angle. With such uniqueness to it, it is unlike any other church in this whole wide world. The genius behind its design is Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, which is a partnership of Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout van Vaerenbergh, two skilled young artists. Constructed entirely out of steel, while it is just about 10 metres in height it weighs about 30 tonnes.

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A lateral view of the church makes it appear to be entirely see through.

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On the other hand, a straight distant view makes it appear to be much more dense.

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All round the year spectators from around the world come to the village to look at this cleverly crafted artwork and experience the visual illusion for themselves.

The motive behind the creation of the church with its design as such was to have a structure which is both tangible for all to know of its presence, and at the same time is also visually absent to show how it blends with its background. A placard near the church reads the following (translated to English).

“Thanks to this special construction, the landscape is always visible through the church, at a distance and close up. This means the church is always present, but also absent in the landscape.”

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