St. Nicholas' Church

Utrecht, Netherlands

The St Nicholas' Church is a medieval parish church from the 12th century that was reconstructed in the 15th century into a gothic church. An unusual feature is the 14th century cupola painting in the crossing with its ornamental and geometric shapes.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands

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www.visit-utrecht.com

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Hans Brouwer (3 years ago)
Fijne mooie kerk. Verschillende orgels...warmte in kerkdienst en ander activiteiten..aanrader om eens te bezoeken
PATRICA Debruijn (3 years ago)
Een prachtige kerk met een mooi orgel.
Karin Dikken (4 years ago)
Oude parochiekerk. Iedere zondag PKN dienst. Daarnaast veel concerten. Mooie locatie voor concert of huwelijk. Bij mooi weer genieten in de besloten tuin.
Ben van de Ree (4 years ago)
Bezoekers kunnen 1X per maand op de eerste zondag van de maand van 12 - 16 u terecht en vanaf 26 juni elke zondag in juli en augustus. Er zijn dan vrijwilligers aanwezig die interessante informatie kunnen geven, heb ik ervaren. Voor verdere informatie kijk op: Kerkenkijken.nl Deze indrukwekkende protestantse Nicolaïkerk is van oorsprong een romaanse middeleeuwse (RK) parochiekerk uit de 12e eeuw met 2 torens die een eenvoudig puntdak hadden. De kerk is geweid aan Sint-Nicolaas. Deze naam verwijst naar haar ligging op een knooppunt van waterwegen, want de heilige Nicolaas is de beschermheilige van de schippers. In de 15e eeuw werd de kerk verbouwd tot een gotische kerk, waarbij o.a. de zijmuren verhoogd zijn, zodat er een 3 beukige hallenkerk ontstaan is. Ook werden de beide torens voorzien van hogere naaldspitsen. In 1581, na de reformatie wordt de zuidertoren verhoogd en voorzien van een carillon. Inmiddels staat dit oudste torenuurwerk van Nederland in een dwarsbeuk van de kerk ter bezichtiging en demonstratie opgesteld. In 1674 liet een storm de torenspits van de noorder toren instorten en deze is toen vervangen door een eenvoudig puntdak. Van de oorspronkelijke romaanse bouwstijl is alleen nog het tweetorenfront aanwezig. Dit gedeelte van de kerk is bijzonder omdat een parochiekerk normaal gesproken nooit twee torens kreeg: dat was voorbehouden aan kathedralen, klooster- en kapittelkerken. Een verklaring daarvoor ontbreekt tot nu toe. Bron: o.a. Wikipedia
Robert Kieser (9 years ago)
Beautiful architecture. Went in on a whim and the organ player showed us around the church and played for us. Moving.
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