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    Godlinze

    by RENE_CARDOEN Written Jul 29, 2003

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    This little village is situated to the northwest of Delfzijl is a typical “Terp” or “Wierde” village”. The only interesting building is a Romanesque church, made of bricks. The church has been restored around 1980. The most valuable object is the organ built by Arp Schnitger (Hamburg) in the years 1703-1704 and restored by the Dutch organ builder Reil (1985)

    Romanesque church Godlinze
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    Visit some churches

    by nighthawk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A certain must see when you visit the province of Groningen are the churches.
    Sometimes they stand alone on a little hill, a so called 'wierde' in the Groninger language.
    Often they are from Roman times.

    Church Saaxumhuizen
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    Groningen city

    by tompt Written Sep 16, 2003

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    The capital of the province and the 7th town in our country is well worth visiting. The entire centre of the city is free of cars, just bicycles and people on footh. There are some nice old buildings tho be seen. But the city is also known for the biggest collection of buildings from the amsterdam school outside of Amsterdam. Groningen is a university city and therefor has lots of pubs and plenty nightlife.

    We made a Groningen city page with lots of architecture tips and some info about its history and local customs.

    the ancient Martinitoren and a modern carnival

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    Tulips

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Tulips???? I never knew there were tulips in Groningen! Wow, gorgeous, but I was so surprised!!!! There never used to be tulip fields here when I lived here. And only a few weeks ago, I went all the way to the north of Holland to see some tulip fields.... and they are here too!!! That would have been much easier! Hahaha, oh well, it was a wonderful surprise to see them here :-)

    Tulip fields in Groningen
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    Bourtange

    by tompt Written Sep 16, 2003

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    Another city, alot smaller but at least as old is Bourtange. It still has the ancient walls around it that protects it from enemy troops for ages. Several times a year they play re-enactments of ancient battles. But at other times the fortress is worth visiting too.

    In 1580 Prince William of Orange ordered a fortified pentagon to be constructed on a road linking the city of Groningen with Lingen and Westphalia. The Prince hoped to force the surrender of Groningen which had been occupied by the Spanish. In 1593 the citadel was completed. Groningen acknowledged defeat on the 23rd July 1594 and the citadel of Bourtange became part of the borderdefences of the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.

    The citadel was dismantled in the second half of the 19th century, when modern warfare made it useless. In 1964 the municipality of Vlagtwedde restored and reconstructed the citadel, based on the situation as it was in 1742, when the fortress had reached its maximum size.

    The fortress can be visited free of charge. There is an entrance price for musea and exhibitions.
    The opening times of the musea and the exhibitions are:
    From April 1 to October 31: Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00. Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 to 17.00. From November 1 to March 31: Every Saturday and Sunday from 13.30 to 16.30.

    re-enactent of a napoleontic battle.
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    Old estates in Groningen

    by tompt Updated Sep 21, 2003

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    Throughout the province Groningen you can find 16 remaining estate houses (borg):
    Allersmaborg near Ezinge, dates back to the 14th century but is restored and changed in the 19th century.
    Breedenborg near Warffum built in 1587 and demolised in 1850. The owner, a farmer built a modern borg on the site.
    Coendersborg in Nuis is built in 1813 on the site of an older borg.
    Ekenstein near Appingedam, built in 1648.
    Ennemaborg in its present form since the 18th century, is owned by Maya Wildevuur, artist.
    Ewsum near Middelstum was built by knight Onno van Ewsum in 1472. The tower still dates from that period, the rest is gone. In 1932 a farm was built on the site it is Amsterdams School architecture.
    Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren is an estate dating from the 19th century.
    Huis te Wedde was originally built in the 14th century.
    Iwema-Steenhuis is the only surviving stonehouse.
    Menkemaborg in Uithuizen gives an impression of noble life in the 17th and 18th century.
    Nienoord is in Leek. Original borg was built in1525. It burned down and a new one was built in 1885/86 by the family Van Panhuys . The four of them drowned after their carriage got in the water in 1907. The borg now houses a museum.
    Piloersema near Den Ham is built in 1633.
    Rensumaborg, mentioned since 1555, got its current look in 1700.
    Rusthoven near Wirdum has 1686 on its walls.
    Verhildersum is a museum, with 19th century rooms.
    Welgelegen near Sappemeer was built in 1647.

    See a map of the borgen in Groningen .

    inside the Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren

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    The sunshine, wind & the smell of flowers

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    It was wonderful here, such a beautiful spring morning. The flowers waving in the winds, the sun shining brightly, no one around, except some sheep in the pasture next to the windmill. In the distance the nature area, with lots of birds flying around.

    Hmmmm, feel the cool breeze on your skin, but also the warmth of the sun, and the smell of all these flowers. The bleating of the sheep, and look at those little lambs, dancing in the pasture. And the song of the birds in the distance...... it was gorgeous.

    Windmill

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    'Schipsloot' in Loppersum

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Loppersum, the little village where I was raised. It is a very old village, dating back to 944. I don't like the village itself so much, but there are some beautiful things to see. The main attraction is the old church in the center of the village.

    This picture is of the main street through Loppersum. The view starts of with the 'Schipsloot" and at the end of the street you can see the old church.

    If you want to see more pictures of Loppersum and it surroundings, you can take a look at my Loppersum page :
    http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/1c048/702a7/

    'Schipsloot' in Loppersum
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    Westerwijtwerd

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    And off I go again. I still have a long journey ahead of me to get home, so I better keep on going. The next village I pass is Westerwijtwerd. I think this is a typical view of this area : the type of houses, the canals and of course the bridge, to get to the village

    Westerwijtwerd
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    Bedum: church

    by OlafS Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The current state of the church makes it hard to imagine that this was once a big and important church. The tower dates from the 12th century, and originally was part of a Romanesque westwork of which nothing more remains except for traces in the other walls. It leans forward, more than any other tower in the country, no matter what people from other places often claim. The nave is what is left of a tuff Romanesque cruciform church from the 12th century, which consisted of three aisles, to which a Gothic southern side-aisle was added in 1484 of the same height and width as the nave. Only the most western window still has its sandstone tracery. The southern transept-arm was completely integrated in the side-aisle. On the northern side either a lower side-aisle or a series of chapels was added. An incomplete transept-arm is still recognizable. The tall Gothic choir, which had an ambulatory, was demolished in 1851.
    Today the church is a bit of a sad sight, but at least there's nothing fake about it. This is honest sadness, something which can't be appreciated enough.

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    Kantens: church

    by OlafS Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The reformed church of Kantens is especially interesting for its octagonal tower, which is supported by a big buttress with a passage. The older lower part of the tower dates from ca. 1200, while the upper part is about 300 years younger. The nave consists of two clearly distinguisable parts, a Romanesque western part, which is probably as old as the tower, and an eastern part which replaced a small rectangular choir in the 13th century. The pointed windows in this part are from a later date. Two gates in natural stone, both from the 17th century, give access to the church. The one at the back was the private entrance for the lord of the village.

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    Leermens: church

    by OlafS Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Like many churches in Friesland and Groningen, the church of Leermens is built on top of an artificial hill. It is a church with a complicated history. Of a tuff church built in ca. 1000 only the side-walls of the nave remain. In ca. 1100 a lengthened choir was built, to which two lateral chapels were added in 1175, using both tuff and brick. The lateral chapels were later transformed into a transept. The nave was heightened and the tower was replaced by a westwork with two towers. In 1822 this westwork was demolished and replaced by a new facade with a lantern-tower on top. The current tower dates from a restoration after a fire destroyed the old one, as well as much of the western part of the church, in 1957.
    Ca. 1250 a new choir was built in Romano-Gothic style. This represents the early stage of Romano-Gothicism, with still only round-topped arches.
    In the 16th century bigger windows in Gothic style were added to the nave and transept. This situation remains on the southern side, while at the northern side the Romanesque situation was reconstructed after 1957.
    The interior shows a big contrast between nave and choir. While the choir has the typical Romano-Gothic mellon-vault, the nave is covered by a simple wooden ceiling. In the 14th century choir and nave were seperated from eachother by an organ-loft of which a small portion remains. At the same time the apses at the eastern side of the transept were demolished, although traces of these are clearly visible.

    It seems the church in Summers is open for the public. At least, I found the door open when I was here.

    Leermens: choir of the church
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    Loppersum: church

    by OlafS Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The oldest known church at this location was a tuff Romanesque building. A part of the old church can still be found at the north side, close to the transept. It was replaced in the 13th century by a Romanogothic cruciform church, of which the north wall and transept have survived. The nave was heightened in the first half of the 16th century. In the second half of that century the 13th-century choir was replaced by a new one with lateral chapels. Because of the southern chapel, it looks like the church has a double transept. Both transept and chapel on the south side have Gothic gables. In 1529 this side of the church was extended further with a side-aisle. The tower dates from the 14th century and has the saddle-roof typical for this region.

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    Marsum: church

    by OlafS Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Without wishing to insult anyone; this church for me symbolizes this province more than anything else. Just a small, simple building surrounded by a big nothing. You won't find a thing like that very often in this country.
    This must be one of the smallest churches in the Netherlands. It's also special for its location, as there are only a very few houses in this place, which no doubt once was a village of more importance than it is today. The decay of the village was probably this church's resque; there was no need to enlarge it, let alone replace it, and demolition would have been too expensive. Suffice to say it has been closed as a church for a long time now, and is now occasionally used for cultural purposes.
    The church dates from the end of the 12th century, and represent a stage in the regional Romanesque style in which the use of tuff has been replaced by that of brick. It's a simple church, consisting of a single-aisled nave, a half-round apse and a modest tower with a saddle-roof. Despite a few rebuilts and repairs, the building is still surprisingly original. The roof even still has rooftiles of the medieval type. The interior was furnished according to the protestant fashion of the 17th and 18th centuries, with a simple wooden ceiling and whitepainted walls. Traces of two former entrances can be found as well; these were closed during a restoration in 1949-1951, when the church needed repairing from war damage, and the former entrance through the tower was reopened. During this restoration also the buttresses at the tower were removed, which had been added in 1808.

    In the Summer the church is open for the public. It seems a farmer living nearby has the key, and opens the door in the morning and closes it again at nights.

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    Middelstum: church

    by OlafS Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This is one of only a few truly Gothic churches in this province. Apparently few new churches were needed for a long time after ca. 1350, when the last Romanogothic churches had been built. According to a memorial stone its construction was started in 1445. Probably the choir and transept were built first, as parts of an older church. Of this predecessor the nave was rebuilt later, after which it was covered with a groin-vault. In the corner of choir and northern transept-arm is a sacristy. The tower dates from ca. 1487. In the 17th century its spire was replaced by the current roof to accomodate a carillon.

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