Restoration after World War II
After the devastating incident in which the church tower was blown up on Feb. 20, 1945, the present Sint Sebastianus Church in Herkenbosch underwent a period of restoration. Between 1948 and 1949, the exterior of the church was reconstructed according to the plans of architect Harry Koene from Maastricht. At Christmas in 1949, the church was put back into use. The interior of the church actually dates back to 1924 and was preserved. In addition, the church was embellished with beautiful stained glass windows by Jef Scheffers.
Damage of the Sint Sebastianus Church
In the spring of 1992, the Sint Sebastianus Church was severely damaged by an earthquake. Concerns arose that the church would have to be completely demolished. In the end, partly because of the monumental nature of the thirteenth-century presbytery, it was decided to preserve the church. With united efforts, the church was restored, albeit with a simple spire construction to replace the top of the tower. Under this new construction, the bells were placed.
A Heritage of Herkenbosch
The Sint Sebastianus Church is a wonderful example of restoration and renewal. It tells the story of a community that was determined to preserve its cultural heritage. With its rich history and architectural splendor, St. Sebastianus Church remains an important symbol of faith and pride for Herkenbosch and its residents.