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Nederland - Oldenzaal, Sint-Plechelmusbasiliek

The Sint-Plechelmusbasiliek (Basilica of St. Plechelm) is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the 8th -century Irish monk Saint Plechelm. The church is a fine example of Romanesque architecture, built entirely from Bentheim sandstone and is most notable for its high pitched roof and bell tower.

The oldest parts of the impressive church date from the middle and second half of the 12th century, but the history of the church goes back to the 8th century when the travelling missionary Plechelmus founded the first church: Sivester church, initially dedicated to pope Sivester and sometime before 954 rededicated to Plechelmus itself (canonised after the elevation of his relics). In 954 bisshop Balderik of Utrecht founded a chapter in Oldenzaal and expanded and restored the 8th -century church, allowing the relics of Plechelmus used on his canonisation to be transferred to it.

The current tower was erected around 1240. The church was enlarged in Gothic style in 1480s. Through the years the Sint-Plechelmusbasiliek has undergone a number of renovations and repairs, however most of its structure still boasts of its original features.
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Julien Rappaport said:

Un très beau monument Jaap .
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Madeleine Defawes said:

Superbes images de cette vieille église !
Bon weekend. Amitiés
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David Slater (Spodde… said:

HFF Jaap and happy weekend.
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Stephan Fey said:

HFF, Jaap. Have a good weekend!
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Erhard Bernstein said:

HFF!
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Guy Bacca (guybac) said:

Belle église : son architecture est parfaitement mise en valeur par les différentes images
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Herb Riddle said:

Your religious building crusade marches on Jaap. Another fine series here. Well done.

HFF, enjoy the weekend. Herb
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Nouchetdu38 said:

Again a very interesting and beautiful series !!!!
Thanks for sharing*****
4 weeks ago

Malik Raoulda said:

Bien renseignée et admirablement partagée.
Bonne et agréable fin de semaine paisible.
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Schussentäler said:

eine wunderschöne historische Kirche
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Günter Klaus said:

Da hast du wieder eine sehr schöne Basilika gefunden lieber Jaap,toll sind deine Perspektiven zu diesen Bauwerk und auch sehr schön hast du deine Detailaufnahmen gewählt :))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Tag,liebe Grüße Güni :))
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Fred Fouarge said:

HFF-JAAP De Kerk is goed beschermd
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Ulrich John said:

Beautifully captured, Jaap ! HFF and many greetings from Frankfurt !
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Max Biobauer said:

Schöne Serie HFF
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Xata said:

Complete series and info, HFF Jaap
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