Centre for Religious Art and Culture
The Centre for Religious Art and Culture (Centrum voor Religieuze Kunst en Cultuur - CRKC) is the centre of expertise for religious heritage in Flanders and Brussels. Since 2009 it is recognized as such by the Flemish government in accordance with the cultural heritage decree of 23 May 2008. In 2012 the Department of Immovable Religious Heritage was founded by minister Geert Bourgeois within the framework of his report ‘The future of parish churches in Flanders’. Since that time, the existing operation of the CRKC has been under the Department of Movable Religious Heritage.
The CRKC collects knowledge and shares expertise about religious material and immaterial culture, supports and advises heritage managers, enthusiastically promotes an interest in this rich heritage, and advocates for the active distribution of this valuable information. The CRKC works closely together with religious archives such as KADOC-KULeuven, the State Archives and the Flemish Heritage Library.
The primary focus of the CRKC lies with the heritage of the catholic church, but the scope of the Centre’s work encompasses all the recognized religions in Belgium (Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Anglicanism, Judaism, Islam, and Orthodox Churches). The Centre’s base of operations is located at the historical Abbey of Park in Leuven, alongside the Museum for Religious Art and Culture which was established by the CRKC in 2003 and opened to the public in 2009.
Movable Religious Heritage (under construction)