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Nederland - Leeuwarden, Grote of Jacobijnerkerk

The Grote of Jacobijnerkerk was originally a chapel of the Dominican or Jacobin monks; a monastery which was founded in 1245. The church itself was built between 1275 and 1310 and therefore it is the oldest building in Leeuwarden. In 1392 the building was badly damaged by a fire, but two years later restored. Early 16th century an aisle was added and later the church was extended with a bay.

The gothic building was converted into a protestant church during the reformation and lost her altars and many of the decorations. The church is still used by the protestant community of Leeuwarden for their services

The Grote of Jacobijnerkerk is one of the three churches in the Netherlands with a royal crypt. Between 1588 and 1765 sixteen members of the Frisian branch of the Nassau family - the ancestors of the current Dutch royal family - were entombed in this church: six stadtholders of Friesland, their spouses and children.

Main image: Oranjepoortje (Orange gate)
In 1663 a portal in classical style was added to the choir, especially for members of the Nassau family. The current Oranjepoortje still consists of an outer and inner gate, of which only the former has doors. The triangular pediment was given a new Orange Tree in 1948.
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40 comments

Nora Caracci said:

very beautiful portail and interesting series !!!
love the play of shadows too !
7 weeks ago

Guy Bacca (guybac) said:

Une belle série d(images pour montrer cette église... J'aime particulièrement l'image principale avec ce magnifique portail
7 weeks ago ( translate )

John Cass said:

Wonderful set of images.
7 weeks ago

Trudy Tuinstra said:

heel mooi
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* said:

un édifice magnifique************************
belle journée mon ami♫
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Maria W. said:

Superbe!!! Salutojn, Jaap:)))
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Madeleine Defawes said:

Superbe images des détails de l'entrée !
Bonne journée. Amitiés
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Roger (Grisly) said:

Another terrific series and the usual top narrative Jaap.
7 weeks ago

Schussentäler said:

eine sehr schöne Kirche und sehr interessante Info
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

A beautiful entrance and fabulous door Jaap.
An excellent series with great information.
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Patrick Brandy said:

Très intéressante histoire de ce monument une porte joliment décorer bonne journée
7 weeks ago ( translate )

J.Garcia said:

Splendid door and facade with superb details!!
Great series and interesting information, Jaap
7 weeks ago

Pearl said:

Superbe cette porte. Merci pour le passage historique toujours très intéressant, Jaap.
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Günter Klaus said:

Da hast du ja wieder ein sehr schönes Gebäude entdeckt lieber Jaap,sehr schön sind deine Detailaufnahmen:))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Nachmittag,ganz liebe Grüße Güni:))
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Keith Burton said:

A beautiful building Jaap............I'm particularly impressed by the main door and it's surrounds. The big arched windows are also very impressive and I like the detail in the brickwork.

As always, superbly captured.
7 weeks ago