Grote Kerk, Breda

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    Grote Markt with the "grote kerk" (big church)

    by MATIM Updated Mar 11, 2005

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    the church has two names: grote kerk (big church) used by the protestant and "onze lieve vrouwekerk"(our lady church) used by the catholic. They start to build the church in 1400, in 1300 a small church was at the same place.
    The tower of this church collapsed during a storm. In 1468 they started to build the second tower which had taken 40 years. Shortly afterwards the steeple of the tower burned down again. For the design of the tower is 97 meters and 70 centimetres high, one of the highest church towers in the Netherlands, in earlier times ,a tower of a church had different functions, namely e.g. containing the carillon.
    Except for containing bells, the tower of the church had also another function in earlier times. On top of the tower used to stay a watchman who overlooked the whole city. As soon as he located a fire, he immediately rang the bells to warn the inhabitants of Breda. This person also used to play the horn every hour, so people knew what time it was.
    From all over Breda you can see the church tower.

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    A church with two names

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 17, 2003

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    Great Church

    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.

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    De Grote Kerk

    by tvdm Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    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.

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    The Church of Our Lady

    by OlafS Updated Oct 12, 2004

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    Breda: Great Church

    Look at this church. Look at that tower! I could see it with my bare eyes from my very own window over a 25 kilometres distance when I still lived in Tilburg! But it's much better just to go there and admire this fine example of the Brabantine Gothic style. There are so many details to see. Inside are a few impressive graves and tombs, including of some ancient relatives of the royal family. When I worked in Breda years ago the church was still a dark and filthy building, but as it was being restored a little later I could see it turn more white a little bit each day. Nowadays it's hard to imagine what this beauty looked like before!
    An interesting fact: officially this church was returned to the catholics early in the 19th century, when the government decided that old churches should be used by the dominant religion in that place. However in Breda the protestants, who were only a handfull but an arrogant bunch nonetheless, refused to give it back. Eventually the government simply gave up and gave the catholics money to build a new church. Sometimes crime does pay. In the end there were too few protestants to maintain the church so a foundation now owns it and offers it for various purposes, including computer fairs.
    Oh BTW, this is not a cathedral, never was and probably never will be.

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    Breda's Goth Scene

    by caffeine_induced78 Written Feb 21, 2005

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    This recently restored church, the Grote Kerk has been unrobbed again for the world to see her gleaming white stones. She rises high above the city of Breda and provides a sense of place with her spire topping out at 97m height. The Grote Kerk, completed in 1547 is still the tallest man made structure in Breda.

    Man made? Nature made in Holland never seems to rise more than an anthills height from the flat surface topography so why would I need to make the distinction?

    Walking around Breda is a very pleasant affair. It's not a large city and the best sites to see can be found in a loop walk. Breda is close to one of Europe's great divides - that great Protestant and Catholic division that in old times was a line of contention, and in some cases still is.

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    The big church

    by Gili_S Written Aug 27, 2004

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    Grote Kerk

    This The big church is just in the middle of the city, you cannot miss it as where ever you walk around it will be there. I pass by it many times in the day and also at night, it is just near my favourite pub in this city.

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    The nice tower of the big church

    by Gili_S Written Aug 27, 2004

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    Wherever you walk around the center of this city you will see the tower of this big church. This picture I took in the middle of the day to show you all also the nice weather and the beautiful blue sky I had when visiting here.

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    DE GROTE KERK.....

    by eden_teuling Updated Oct 19, 2003

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    GROTE KERK BREDA  THE NETHERLANDS.

    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!

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    MAUSOLEUM / TOMB

    by eden_teuling Updated Oct 19, 2003

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    PRINSENKAPEL, MAUSOLEUM OF THE NASSAUs

    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.......

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    MEMORIAL FOR ENGELBERT I VAN NASSAU

    by eden_teuling Written Oct 19, 2003

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    MEMORIAL OF ENGELBERT I VAN NASSAU...

    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??

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    Grote of Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk

    by adinda Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Church of Our Lady
    The 15th century Church has a rich cultural past. It took 125 years to build it. Not only the outside architecture but also the monuments and murals inside the church make it the most important historical site in Breda.

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    The church

    by Djinn76 Updated Sep 13, 2004

    In the center of the city, you can't miss this huge church. Built in the 15th century, it really deserves its name: "grote kerk" indeed mean tall church, the tower is 97m high...

    The visits are not free. This probably help to finance the renovation that took place in the late 90s

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    Grote Kerk

    by Sjalen Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (Our Lady's Church), also known as Grote Kerk (the Big Church), can be seen all over the city centre with its bright tower. The first mentioning of a stone chuch here was 1269 although no one seems to know if there was a chuch here earlier. Amongst things you can see in it today are the tombs of several old Dutch royals in the Princes Chapel.

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    THE INTERIOR OF DE GROTE KERK.....

    by eden_teuling Updated Oct 19, 2003
    INTERIOR HROTE KERK BREDA THE NETHERLANDS

    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.

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    ONE OF THE PAINTED VAULTS OF THE GROTE KERK....

    by eden_teuling Written Oct 19, 2003
    PAINTED VAULT....

    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......

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