The GROTE KERK (Great Church) is also called the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady) . It was built in 1410 and is one of the finest examples of Brabantine Gothic style.The Tower is 97 metres high and one of the highest church towers in the Netherlands.
For a group of 10 or more adults, the cost is E 1.50 to enter and is well worth it.
Breda's Great Church, or Church of Our Lady, is the most beautiful church in Holland to my humble opinion.
It has been through a lot during the centuries but all the restaurations have succeeded in making the church the way it is now.
You can take a guided tour and be amazed by the beautifull organ or the graves of some of the Dutch Royal Family members.
The tower is 98 meters high and is allready to be seen from far away.
Right next to the church you will find the market and the old cityhall.
For people who love shopping after seeing a monument there are dozens of shopping streets in the very near surroundings....:-)
And have a beer or a delicious dinner at one of the many pubs and restaurants at the market and enjoy the view of The Great Church from there.
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.
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
The Annunciation of Maria Boodchap .
Maria Messenger would be the name in English.This beautiful wall painting from the 15 th Century was discovered in this church in the beginning od the 20th Century.
I was hidden underneath the white chalked wall and re discovered. After two unsuccesful attempts of restauration the painting was almost given up in the 80 's .
In 1995 action was taken to restore this painting ,it was not easy ,the humidity had done a number on the painting and it was starting to fall apart.
Action was taken and a cheesecloth was used to put over the painting and the painting was removed and put in a wooden box and shipped to Amsterdam for restauration.
After 2 1/2 years of restauration the painting was re installed in 1998.
This process of restauration can be seen including pictures in a website
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.
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.
Yes, this church has two names first - the Grote Kerk was used by protestants, the second - Our Dear Lady's Church used by Catholics.
On the place where the Grote Kerk found today used to be a small church of Breda untill the end of 12th century, in 1400 they started building the Grote Kerk. Unfortunately the tower had collapsed during a storm , and in 1468 the building of the second tower started. It took 40 years. Today the tower is almost 98 meters high, and can be seen form everywhere in Breda. It is one of the highest Church towers in the Netherlands.
The Church is not less beautifull inside. You can see many tombs of Lords of Breda. It is also possible to climb the tower, just check the hours, this service is not always available. Also the Church is used as a place for different exhibitions. The last one was the exhibit of digital photography. Also take a look at the Organ, it is the one of a few complete mechanical 4-manual organs of the Netherlands.
The restaurations of these very high Gothic
ceilings in the Churches were an incredible difficult .and expensive job.Scaffolds had to be erected right below the ceilings ,for the painters to restore these beautiful pieces of art .The work did get done and the results are fantastic.
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.
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 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.
Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk - or as everybody calls it - Grote Kerk is the main church and the main sight of Breda. It's absolutely gorgeous, with its white colour and the fancy gothic tower! As we were hungry we didn't go inside (plus I don't pay for churches! Although this one had an exhibition inside so that's something else!!) but I liked the views from the outside. And lit up at night it looked very very nice as well!!
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.