St. James' Church

Utrecht, Netherlands

The Jacobikerk is named after its patron saint St. James the Greater. The church is one of the medieval parish churches of Utrecht, along with the Buurkerk, the Nicolaïkerk and the Geertekerk. Today it is known as the starting place for Dutch pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella along the Way of St. James.

The current gothic church dates from the end of the 13th century, but was expanded in the 14th and 15th centuries. In 1576-1577 a cannon was installed in the church tower, aimed at Vredenburg (castle) where the Spanish soldiers there were under siege by the Utrecht schutters. Around 1580 the church endured the protestant reformation and in 1586 it was formally handed over to the protestants, who whitewashed the wall decorations and removed the altarpieces. The tower bell was made by S. Butendiic in 1479.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands

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Wietse ten Dam (4 years ago)
Its a beautiful building especially for concerts
Joost Helberg (4 years ago)
Great place for exhibitions. Re-connect was awesome.
TheGaboo (4 years ago)
Nice place
Maciej Nyka (4 years ago)
Conference Centre in an old church. Something rather unexpected.
Константин Щеников (Konstantin Shchenikov) (4 years ago)
Spectacular church! I've been hearing a concert there and were impressed by everything. Starting from an interior and exterior of the church itself, up to acoustic and musicians.
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