Thorn Abbey Church

Thorn, Netherlands

Thorn Abbey Church is a Gothic church built mainly in the 14th century. The Benedictian abbey was originally founded in 975 by bishop Ansfried. The oldest parts in the western part date from c. 1150. The abbey was closed in 1797 and after that its church has server as a parish church. It was restored in 1860-1881 by Pierre Cuypers.

There is a famous mummy located in the glass sarcophagus in the church crypt. The rich interior contains Renaissance and Baroque style altars from 1624 and 1769, a font from the 15th century and organs from the 18th century.



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Hofstraat 10, Thorn, Netherlands
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Founded: 1150
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands


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Tudor Transfers&Services (2 years ago)
I Have been there with some clients, for a day trip in Limburg , very interesting old , well conserved Dutch city! Nice and full Restaurants and coffe bars ! My clients love it !
Hugo Vanhilst (2 years ago)
De geschiedenis van Thorn begint aan het einde van de 10e eeuw. Graaf Ansfried van Teisterbant sticht, samen met zijn vrouw Hilsondis, een klooster volgens de regel van de heilige Benedictus. Het klooster groeit uit tot een stichting voor hoogadellijke dames met wereldlijke invloed: een stift. Alleen dames van adellijke afkomst worden tot het stift toegelaten. Ze leggen bij hun intrede geen gelofte af maar zijn verplicht deel te nemen aan de getijden en de misvieringen. Ze zijn vrij om de communiteit te verlaten, om te huwen of om in te treden bij een kloosterorde. De stiftsdames hebben en beheren privébezit en ze beschikken over een eigen woning en eigen bedienden. Bovendien ontvangen ze een persoonlijk inkomen; een prebende.
Bijoy Meethal (3 years ago)
João Costa (3 years ago)
Very beautiful small village...
วิฑูรย์ จันทรโรทัย (4 years ago)
Beautiful Place and lovely small village
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