Middelburg Abbey Church

Middelburg, Netherlands

The Premonstratensian abbey in Middelburg was founded in 1127. Most of the buildings were destroyed by fire in 1492 and 1568. Today there are two adjacent churches, Koorkerk and Nieuwe Kerk. The Nieuwe Kerk dates from the 16th century, with the nearby Koorkerk abbey church dating from the 14th century. The octagonal tower, known as Lange Jan (Tall John), also originally dating from the 14th century but unfortunately has burned down several times. Its 91m height dominates the city but is difficult to photograph because of the surrounding buildings.


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Founded: 1127
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands


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Nathania Velasquez (13 months ago)
Definitely recommend going all the way to the top! It’s only €4 I believe but so worth it. The view is amazing and on Sundays it’s not too crowded in the city center..
Kamila Król (14 months ago)
It took me a moment to climb on the top :) but then I could see a nice view of Middelburg.
Olga Loginova (15 months ago)
Harry Potter vibe! When I climbed, I received a wooden stick to count the visitors, almost a wand, together with a gothic interior and the view over the abbey it created the mood. Stairs are not too dangerous, but it’s better to walk slowly.
Pierre Van der merwe (16 months ago)
A must see in the area, climbing the tower is a good challenge but worthwhile. Nostalgic!
John Heijmans (2 years ago)
Nice building but it hasn't a whow factor
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