The nave of Saint Nicholas Church in Swichum was built in the 13th century and the semicircular choir dates from the late 13th century; both are built out of red brick. The tower was built in the 14th century and the furniture in the church dates from the 19th century.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands

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Aad Zonneveld (6 months ago)
A complete surprise, such a beautiful little church on our route while we were on church route. Overlooked but now seen anyway! Very beautiful, the history drips from the old walls and the location, pffff, go and experience it for yourself, too good to be true.
Annette Waagemans (10 months ago)
Beautiful old church..
Kris Rosendal (2 years ago)
After a nice telephone contact we visited the church. To be able to assess whether we want to have our wedding there. We had a good feeling right away. It is a beautiful, small and intimate church. After a tour and a nice conversation we decided to get married in the church of Swichum. We also had a good feeling about Hannie. She is a sweet, involved, spontaneous and cheerful woman. We were allowed to choose how we wanted to design everything: decorate ourselves, choose chairs, choose a table, have a dress rehearsal, etc. As long as we let the caretaker, Hannie know. We had our wedding on June 21, 2021 in the church of Swichum. We look back on a beautiful day in a beautiful church.
Sjeng Hermans (3 years ago)
Beautiful church from the Middle Ages.
edmee schepens (3 years ago)
A beautiful educational center of preserved and written history, a place of dedication & love that you immediately touch when you enter the mound ........
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