Broerekerk Ruins

Bolsward, Netherlands

The Broerekerk was built as part of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1270. The church was built in two phases, starting in 1281, and was probably completed in 1313, which makes it the oldest building in Bolsward. It's a three-aisled pseudo-basilica in simple Gothic style. On the north side the gable of a pseudo-transept can just be seen. The facade is the richest part of the church, and is decorated with a climbing frieze. In 1980 the roof and the wooden vaults were destroyed by fire.



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Founded: 1281
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Netherlands

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lilian dijkema (4 years ago)
Turn, turn, turn, there's a time for everything
Ad Vervoorn (4 years ago)
Burned down in the 1980s, later fitted with a glass roof. Nice location for photos. A living nativity scene at Christmas.
Geart Bakker (5 years ago)
Fascinating ruins of ages gone by. Take a good look at some of the grave stones located on the floor in back of the church. Some dating back to the early 17th century. The fountain in front of the church (named "The Bat") is one of 11 fountains in 11 different cities in Friesland.
Tim Slingschröder (6 years ago)
After a fire destroyed this church in the '80's the city of Bolsward has beautifully renovated it. The roof and the windows have been replaced by glass. The modern glass construction strongly contrasts with the medieval cathedral walls.
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