St. John's Church (Sint-Janskerk), named after St.John the Baptist, was originally built as a baptistery for the St. Servatius Chapter of Maastricht. In 1633, after a period in which it functioned as an autonomous parish church, it came into the possession of the Dutch Reformed Church, established in 1632. This as a result of the capture of Maastricht from the Spanish army in 1632 by the troops of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands under the command of Prince Frederik Hendrik of Orange. After the establishment of a state-church, i.e. the Dutch Reformed Church, all catholic churches had become protestant in the regions already conquered.

The Prince Bishop of Liège, the Duke of Brabant and Prince Frederik Hendrik agreed that in Maastricht in principle only smaller chapels should be handed over to the protestants. The bigger churches remained catholic, which was exceptional from a national point of view. However, already in 1633 the protestant chapels proved to be too small and after new discussions two churches, one of which was St.John's, came into the possession of the protestants. The first service of the Dutch Reformed Church took place on the 1st of January, 1634.

Since 1987 the church has been in the use of the 'Protestantse Gemeente St. Jan', a federation of two different reformed communities.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands

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Luca Geretti (7 months ago)
The church is nice, not opulent but featuring a massive pipe organ. The tour to the top of the tower is definitely worth it, since it allows you a full view of the city along with the neighboring hills. There are several signs that clearly explain the purposes of the main buildings that you can see, so it is also a good "first stop" when visiting Maastricht.
Andra (8 months ago)
Beautiful building tower accessible for a very low fee.
Jochem Sluijter (8 months ago)
Het is een mooie kerk. De klim in de toren is wel lang, maar het is het uitzicht waard.
Carlos Dominguez (9 months ago)
Esta iglesia toma su nombre de San Juan bautista. Fue una de las cuatro iglesias parroquiales de la edad media en la Ciudad. Fue fundada por una iniciativa de los clérigos de San Servacio. En 1633 pasó a manos de los protestantes. Actualmente funciona como un edificio de la comunidad protestante. Se la puede visitar todos los días en verano, y es posible subirse a su torre de 80 metros.
N Kilcullen (10 months ago)
Nice looking church
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