Temporary Exhibition ‘Feniks, Huib Hoste and modernism'

Monday 08 June, 2020 at 09:00
Sunday 30 May, 2021 at 18:00


Let architect Huib Hoste show you around in the Church of Our Lady in Zonnebeke. He tells the special story of his unique creations in a generally traditional reconstruction after the devastation of the First World War.

Hoste's innovative, modernist conception of reconstruction did not appeal to everyone in Zonnebeke. For example, his plan for a new town hall was not carried out and Father Lammens is cutting corners with the interior of the church. Thanks to the touchscreen you can discover what Hoste thought the interior of the church should have looked like. You will also learn more about his designs in the municipality and the region. 

Infoboxes in Zonnebeke, Passendale (Passchendaele), Beselare, Geluveld and Zandvoorde tell you the story of the reconstruction in that area.


Church of our Lady
Roeselarestraat 1
8980 zonnebeke

Opening hours

The church is daily open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last entry at 4.00 p.m. Not accessible on Sunday between 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. As of 15 November 2020 the church will be closed at 4 p.m. until the end of March. 
The Church tower is daily open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last entry at 4.30 p.m. Yearly closed from 16 December to 1 February.

Corona safety measures:

  • Only 4 people can visit the church at the same time. 
  • Face mask mandatory.
  • Keep the social distance in mind.


This temporary exhibtion is part of the project Feniks 2020. Under the title of ‘Feniks’, municipalities and museums in the Westhoek have joined forces to tell the remarkable story not only of the material rebuilding, but also of the recovery of the region's social and cultural life : the reconstruction as a symbol to the local population’s indestructible resilience. Thematic exhibitions and public events bring the story of the recovery and region.