Photographer's Note

Back to Belgium. This is the barn of the abbey of Ter Doest. In Flemish it is called a "tiendenschuur". As far as I know, it is the largest of its kind in Belgium. It has recently been restored and it is a real impressive sight (especially the interior; the roof construction is really very impressive). Most of the barn; including the largest part of the wood is still original. They sure knew how to construct their building in the Middle Ages.
Something about the building itself now. It is the remaining part of the abbey of Ter Doest, which was founded as a branch of the abbey of the abbey of Ter Duynen (Koksijde). The Gothic barn itself was built around 1280. Although another source states that it was built around 1200. The surface of the construction is some 54 m by 23 m; some 1340 m2. Not bad for the 13th century. The facade is about 30 m high! Under the impulse of the friars, a large part of the area north of Lissewege and Zeeland was protected from floodings by the sea. The cleared lands were used for agriculture. For the storage of the crops, this kind of large barns (tiendenschuren) were built.
More info on the abbey:

I had a really hard time to get the barn entirely on picture because I did not have much space to retreat on that side of the barn and because the sun was already standing low, I had no other option than to capture it from that side. I hope you like this. No changes done to the original.

I'll be out for 4 weeks (work abroad) but in the weekends I return and if all goes well, I hope to still post a picture in the weekend.

DonQ, mortijo, Zanni, carper, maphoto, nwoehnl, Georges, jhm, Letr, Michael_Gan, ChrisJ, pamastro has marked this note useful

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Viewed: 2008
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Additional Photos by hendrik de leyn (hdl) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
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