PJ and I have never had the opportunity to photograph the Romanesque and Gothic churches in Belgium. One of the most famous, the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Tournai, calls to us like a siren. There are not many Romanesque churches in the country; most of them were replaced by Gothic successors over the years. My preliminary research indicates that they number in the dozens.
Today, however, one of those few is no longer with us. The church Sint-Jan-de-Doper has graced the town of Flemish town of Anzegem for about 850 years.
We heard from our friend Marie-Thérèse Faidherbe the disastrous news that Sint-Jan-de-Doper has burned and is completely lost.
Disasters such as these are reminders that we are lucky to have the churches that remain to us.