Dom church and tower, Utrecht
We were too early for the opening of the Dom, so spend some time here in the herb garden. It was so nice and peaceful with only the raindrops disturbing the silence. The monastery was built during the 14th/15th century and it links the Cathedral with the Kapittelhouse.
In the middle of the garden is a lovely little fountain with a bronze statue of a monk writing (1913).
The views of Utrecht and the surrounding countryside from the top of the Domtoren are absolutely breathtaking!
For just a small fee, you can take a guided tour to the top with commentary from a multilingual guide. If you are in Utrecht and you don't suffer from a fear of heights, then it would be a shame to miss this experience.
Admittedly, the climb to the top is very tiring, so be warned! However, the view from the top and the amazing photographs that you can take make the climb worthwhile.
If I recall correctly, the tours run hourly during the day. Tickets are to be purchased in advance and lockers are available, so no need to attempt the climb with a heavy rucksack!
Go climb up the Dom-tower! Breathtaking!
If needed, there is an opportunity to go by elevator.
The only touristy thing I saw/ visited in Utrecht, and it's a must!
The tower is 112 meter high and over 600 years old. You can visit the tower on a guided tour, you have to climb 465 steep steps, the last section on a noarrow winding stair. But you are rewarded with a great view on sunny days.
The Dom, as it is popularly known, is a familiar landmark in Utrecht. Not being used for church services anymore, it is open to the public as a museum.
Information materials on its history, architecture, and significance are available at the main entrance.
Situated just behind the Oudegracht is the Dom Tower, which literary towers over the city of Utrecht. It is a good orientation point and also nice to look at. The interior is worth a look, but I'm not sure if you are allowed a climb up the tower if that is what you fancy.
Already since a storm raged over Utrecht in 1674 the middle part of the DOM church has been missing from the street scenes of Utrecht. Since that time the church and the tower are seperate buildings. But this year (2004) due to the fact that work was begun on this church, the middle section has been reconstructed again to give an impression of how big the complete building is. It can be seen till the 12th of september.
Domtoren looks over the city of Utrecht.... (yeah cliche). I'd recommend y'all to go up it, far less walk round it. There are great views from it - see the pics below, and the guided walk itself is fascinating. Once ajoined to it; Domkerk is another Utrecht highlight, the majestic old cathedral of the city.
This tallest structure in town, which by the way also wins the prize for awesome architecture, gives you a fabulous view both of Utrecht and neighbouring cities, as you can see for miles on a clear day. It is also a remarkable piece of history, so make sure to get your guided tour.
I already wrote a tip about this PANDHOF, this oasis of peace and quiet in the heart of busy, buzzing UTRECHT.
I have still one photo that gives a good idea of that special, atmospheric place...
Do enjoy it....
The Dom-church and it's surrounding old buildings. Maybe you're up for the climb to the top (many, many stairs) for a magnificent view over Utrecht. Don't forget to watch inside the little courtyard next to the church-mainbuilding. Behind the church in an alley (to the right) you can see the old Mint (building where the first Dutch Guilders were made in 1579).
The Domkerk used to be one church, but in 1674 a tornado went thru it and the middle collapsed. Now the tower is on one side of the road and the rest of the church on the other. The tower is 112.5 m high and can be seen from about anywere in the city. The building of the Domkerk started in the seventh century and has been devastated a couple of times before this one was build from in 1254 onwards.
The Domkerk is Utrecht's most popular cathedral. The 112-meter-high Dom Tower in Utrecht is more than 600 years old. This symbol of the city of Utrecht stands on the spot where the city originated 2000 years ago, now Dom Square.
The Domtower is 112 meter high, and more than 600 years old.
Between the tower and the church is a square. This is quite unusual, normally the tower is a part of the church.
The tower was separated from the church in 1674 when a hurricane destroyed about half the city and a big part of the church. The tower survived......
It's really worthwile to climb the tower. You have a beautiful view of the city and on a clear day you can see about 30 kilometres in the distance.
The only true Gothic Cathedral of the country was erected on the location of the former Roman castellum, and had several Romanesque predecessors before this version was built. Unlike French Gothic cathedrals this one only has a single tower. It's been a protestant church for centuries now, reason why inside it's rather uninteresting. The nave vanished long ago, due to the destructive combination of neglect, incomplete support to the vaults and a tornado, which is why a square now seperates the tower from the church. In the Summer of 2004 the nave was reconstructed temporarily out of metal tubes. The result was very disappointing and gave absolutely no idea what the church had been like in its complete form.
Climb the tower for a great view and sore feet. I did once, long ago when I was a boyscout. We were explicitly told not to spit down. The law of gravity would turn a tiny bit of spit into an object that could kill an unsuspecting passant below. I'm not sure if it really works that way, but I mention it just to be safe.
When you just want to relax at a peaceful place, go to the cloisters. Which is a good idea after climbing the tower.
Oh yes, the church is called the Dom, not Dome as some people seem to think. Dom means cathedral. Dome means dome and isn't a Dutch word at all.