Originally there was a chapel situated on the site of the current Aa-kerk church. This chapel was devoted to Mary and to Saint Nicholas, the patron of the bargees who cast off the vessels at the Westerhaven.

In 1247, the chapel became the parish church and was named Onze Lieve Vrouwe ter Aa (Our Lady at the Aa) - Aa being the nearby river. Groningen had two centers at the time. One of them was around the chapel. Here lived the fishermen and the traders. Between 1425 and 1465, the chapel was changed into a brick church with a transept.

Images of the Siege of Groningen in 1672 show Der Aa-kerk without the top of the tower. After the war a new wooden tower top was built. On 23 April 1710, the tower spontaneously collapsed killing two people. In 1711, a new tower was built.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands

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Mikael Kvarnstrand (12 months ago)
Nice with vine festival in a church
Bori H. (2 years ago)
It was a beautiful church, but it's a bit strange to see it like an event hall.
Wouter Kurvers (2 years ago)
lots of great events are hosted in this great looking church.
Omaro Chindo (2 years ago)
It is a nice place to host an event that does not require a big visual open space. It is excellent creating sections of presentation e.g. line of products, collection of paintings or sculptures. Accoustics are not great for groups of different talks/presentations. But it could be a good place for a concert or a single presentation setup.
Alex Oakley (2 years ago)
It as kind of cool. Definitely worth 3 euros
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