The Martinikerk (Martin's church) is the oldest church in Groningen. The church and its associated tower (the Martinitoren) are named after Saint Martin of Tours (316–397), the patron saint of the Bishopric of Utrecht to which Groningen belonged. The church was a cathedral for a short period during the first bishopric of Groningen (1559–1594).

The origins of the Martinikerk are a cruciform church built in the 13th century, which was extended in the 15th and 16th centuries. It contains several 16th century tombs and Wessel Gansfort's 18th century tomb. Much of the wall and roof paintwork has been preserved. Of particular note is a 16th-century depiction of the life of Jesus Christ.

The tower was built from 1469 till 1482, with later additions. Citizens of Groningen often refer to the tower as d'Olle Grieze (Old Grey One). The original 13th century tower was destroyed by lightning and a new tower was built in the 15th century, also destroyed by lightning.

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constance said 8 months ago
Since I can’t be there, maybe someone would be interested in taking a video of where the Organ is situated; then kindly uploading it to YouTube, for instance.


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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands

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Arne Janse van Rensburg (10 months ago)
Beautiful cathedral, has perhaps the finest baroque organ in the world!
Akshatha Vydula (17 months ago)
The movie up the tower is really good. Shows the history of the city. The downside is that you've to pay at the cafe backdoor to even go inside the church, let alone be the tower. Church should be open for people, without any entry payment.
Aline Eclair (19 months ago)
The church is not always open, so check before you go. Hudge place, really beautiful and i went on a day that they were playing songs and lighting candles, it was really nice!
Martin Herz (21 months ago)
An immense church with phenomenal acoustics in the center of the city. If you ever have the opportunity to experience a choral concert there, you will know what I'm talking about. Also, the organ is a beautiful match for the church. This building is one of the few that really has the power and potential to surprise, amaze, calm, and deeply move you... At least... if you're open to that sort of thing.
Kristina Thornton (2 years ago)
We went to a Sunday morning prayer service that was accompanied by a wonderful visiting choir. The service was in English and was lovely to experience in such a special place as Martinikerk. Highly recommended.
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