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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Geart Bakker (16 months 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 (2 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 The roof and the windows have been replaced by glass.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.
Mitch Montana (2 years ago)
Looks great. The bathroom is in another building though.
Emile Hauser (3 years ago)
De Broerekerk werd in de 13de eeuw gebouwd als kloosterkerk van de Minderbroeders. Het klooster werd in 1580 verlaten en afgebroken. De driebeukige kerk zonder toren is een ruïne als gevolg van een brand die plaatsvond op 8 mei 1980. In 1986 werd de kerk als ruïne weer opengesteld. Dit oudste monument van Bolsward kreeg in 2006 een bijzondere glazen overkapping. De ontwerper, architect Jelle de Jong uit Lemmer, wist verschillende dilemma's voor het hergebruik op te lossen door de restanten van het gebouw te overkappen met glas. Onder deze bijzondere overkapping kan de kerk weer een maatschappelijke functie vervullen, terwijl het karakter van monument behouden blijft. De Broerekerk is een rijksmonument [ 9807] en ligt aan Broereplein 10.
Ramon van der Werf (3 years ago)
Tsja, een afgebrande kerk waarvan het skelet nog staat. De ruimte wordt zo nu en dan gebruikt voor evenementen. Om het 'gebouw' te bezichtigen, hoef je er echt niet heen.
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