The choir stalls of Diest: European Heritage

In the church of Saint Sulpice in Diest (Belgium) stand beautiful choir stals. The construction of the church was started in 1321. This work was very delayed so that the choir was not completed until around 1446. The chapter of the thirteen canons was established eleven years later. Between 1491 and 1493 the canons had the choir stalls manufactured for their church. The original ensemble consisted of a double row of seats arranged in an L-shape. Nowadays only 24 seats with their misericords and arm-rests remain. Large parts of these choir stalls were sold in the nineteenth century and dispersed throughout Europe. (Click on the image for more information)