Allready in 1429 there was talk about having an Organ in the church ,but in 1534 a contract was made to have one build .It is not known for sure ,but the thinking is the the Organ is build by the Brabantse Organbuilder '' Niehoff ".
Some parts of the origional Organ can still be found in this Organ today.
This organ originates in 1534 .
But of course it needed to be restored and the restauration was redone in 1969.
It is now one of the largest Organs in the south Netherlands.
A company named Flentrop did the rebuilding of the Organ.The Organ has gone
through several restaurations over the years.
Here is a another shot of this beautiful church
A great looking church.
This church is not only great to visit but you can rent the facilities in this church .
Weddings ,Funerals Christenings , etc.
The cost of entree for a visit inside the church is as follows.
Adults Euro 1.75
Adults in a group more then 10 Euro 1.50
Children (6-14) Euro 0.75. under 6 free.
Seniors over 65 Euro 1 .25
This church tower and building is the most important and very beautiful building in Breda
The fantastic architecture on the outside ,and the great monuments and wall paintings inside this building are absolutely beautiful.
Grote Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk Breda. nice big church. the tower has been destroyed several times and some statues has been damaged by "beeldenstorm" that was when the people didnot had any money or food but they had to go to the church and give money. so they were angry.
open from monday - saturday 10.00 - 17.00
sunday 13.00 - 17.00.
some times it is closed for events like a wedding on friday 14.00 - 16.00.
entrance is €1.75 only church (no tower)
tours and walking into the tower on appointment +31 (0)76-5218267
the v v v has walkingtours through breda also this church. so groups can call vvv breda 0900-5222444.
some history of the church from a flyer.
1269 first mention of a stone church in Breda in a charter of Elisabeth van Breda and Arnoud van Leuven, Lord of Breda at that time.
1457 Collapse of the tower.
1468-1509 Building of the new tower.
1694 the tower is struck by lightning and the wooden pinnacle is destroyed by fire. the heavy bells fall down reducing the tower to ä hollow shaft".
1702 the spire is rebuilt and gets present shape.
the flyer you can get inside the church there is much more info on who died, restoration and more
The "Onze Lieve Vrovwe Kerk", located next to the Grote Markt, is a very beautiful building (from outside and inside) and really woth a visit, no matter if you're a religious person or not. There was also a kind of exhibition in there by the way. However I don't know if it's only temporary or if it's always there.
The entrance fee is 1.50 Euro for a group of 10 people.
This is also one of the GEMS you can find in de GROTE KERK van BREDA.
And, while walking there, do have a look at the lovely blue of the floors......and watch the tombs built underneath the floor with a wonderful memorial stone on top!
I always avoid walking over them....and did you know that there are churches where you are not allowed to walk over these precious relics??
This photograph I took while walking through BREDA and visiting the church while I was there on occasion of the SPECIAL MEETING 11th October 2003.
You can see how wonderful and impressive the interior is.......and there is still much more....just walk around silently and you will discover lots and lots of splendid things.
This splendid church was built between 1400 - 1550.........imagine, the masons and other builders built as long as they lived and never saw the church finished, something we can't possibly imagine! But always when I visit enormous CATHEDRALS & CASTLES e.g. I have to think of this fact!
Generation after generation worked and built and then died and only those who started late, saw the result of all this labour, AS WE CAN SEE IT NOW......
This church is a wonderful example of the typical BRABANT GOTHIC STYLE, when this style was at the very height of its glory!
The windows are so high, the buttresses so wonderful, there are openwork gables, festive decorations in the finest colours......
GUIDED TOURS: make reservations and make clear if you want one with or without the climbing of the TOWER......
It is a real pleasure to take time to roam this church with its many surprises, such as the painted ceilings, the tombstones in the floor and much, much more....
You can pay the church a visit every day, except during services of course.
The minute black spots are the many birds circling around the towers, probably preparing for their winter trek southwards!
Of importance is the so-called PRINSENKAPEL where several ancestors of our Royal House were buried.
They wanted this to be clearly visible and built wonderful tombs on top of the crypt where the bodies were buried.
Nowadays members of the Royal Family are buried in DELFT.
You can also admire the beautifully carved choir stalls and a most wonderful and precious painting by the Dutch Painter Jan van Scorel.
This GROTE KERK has a wealth of CULTURAL / HISTORICAL works of art.
We call this church, A NATIONAL MONUMENT, a WANDELKERK, which means that it is best to walk around and around to be able to take in all its beauty, such as the glorious light that shines through the high church windows.......
This is one the gaily-coloured vaults of this wonderful church.....
Walking around you can take a wealth of pictures but being with 34 VT friends......it was a bit more difficult: I shall have to go back there one day........and I will!
This is a ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH which means that it is not as bare and lifeless and colourless as churches of other denominations.
In these churches you see many statues of saints, of the Mother of God, the Crucifix and often the most moving piëtas, lovely paintings and abundant capitals......
The church was built in 1410 and it is said that the church is one of the prettiest examples of Brabantine Gothic style.
Today, it is mostly used for cultural events. Inside the church are among other things the tombs of various rich and important people, including several Polanens and Nassaus, ancestors of the current royal family.
The Grote Kerk (Great Church) is also called the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady). Why these two names?
Well, the first name is its Protestant name and the second is its Catholic name. The church was taken by the protestants in 1637 and despite an overwhelming catholic majority in the city never returned to its original owners.
Peaking out over everything else is the wonderful Gothic tower of the "Onze Lieve Vrouwe" (Our dear Lady) or simply "Grote" (Great or Big) church. The fine works in and around the church can make you look for hours and hours, every time again discovering new details and decorations.
Besides wandering around the centre, be sure to visit the Grote Kerk or Main Church.
A couple of years ago, restorations were finished on the Church, and its beautiful white exterior is unique in Holland. After dark, it's beautifully illuminated.