Martinikerk - Martini Church, Groningen
The Martinikerk is the church adjacent to the Martinitoren. It was originally a romanogotic crosschurch from ±1230. The choir was built in 1430 and is much higher then the rest of the church. The church has some frescos from the 13th century.The organ, built by Arp Schnitger, is one of the biggest in europe. The Martini church has its name from Saint Martin.
For a small entrance fee (1 Euro) you can go inside and see the beautifull paintings. Open easter to 11 november: tuesday-friday: 12.00-17.00. A guided tour starts at 13.30 each day when the church is open
Right next to the Martini Tower is the Martini church. I didn't visit the church because you had to pay € 1,00 and you could see quite a lot already by just taking a quick look around the corner. What you will see directly is the beautiful organ. There are alo wall painting about the life of Jesus.
The History of the Martini Church and Tower begins in ninth century, around the year 800 as a wooden church. It has undergone many changes starting in the 13th century when a brick roman style church was built. Between 1415 and 1425 the current church choir was created. After that an indoor tower was built.
Inside the Church you will find beautiful murals and alcove paintings. The Church organ, built by Arp Schnitger, is considered among the most renowned baroque organs in the world.
The number one sight to see in Groningen is undoubtedly the Martini church tower. The tower is the fourth highest in the Netherlands and can be seen from afar. The church itself is around 800 years old and houses one of the largest Baroque organs in northwest Europe.
The Martini church, with its huge gothic tower, one of the tallest in the country. The church itself is an unusually big example of romano-gothicism, a style only found in the northern provinces. The gables at the sides of the church are reconstructions. You can still buy souvenirs with a picture of the church where it still has a completely different roof.
Quickly popped into the Martini church whose tower (Martini tower) is a landmark that can be seen from outside Groningen.
They ask a 2.50 euro contribution per person (just for the church) but strictly speaking it is not an entrance fee.
Mind you, here is one of the finest and oldest Dutch church organs in the country! Some of its parts are even from before 1450 AD.
It may be a good idea to visit one of the concerts. There is a free and rather portly brochure to be had, if you're interested.
Here is an impression of the church in photo's.