The first written reference to St. Martin's church in Weert dates from 1056. The current building originates from 1456. The construction of tower was started in 1528, but was completed much more later. The church was restored and altered in 1906 by architect Pierre Cuypers.



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Founded: 1456
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands


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johan ver (20 months ago)
Hele mooie kerk
Dutchy Baroud (20 months ago)
Nice Monument. The Heart of Weert. Timeless
Mihails Netesovs (2 years ago)
Being a disciple of another church, I found the church a quite pleasant place to be. It is not a tourist attraction like in Haarlem, but a real active church. The bishop knows also the English language and it was nice to communicate with him.
Maarten Paraat (2 years ago)
Verrassende kerk met veel hoekjes en ornamenten. Mooie plafondschildering. Mooi doopvont.
Miel - (2 years ago)
GODVERDOMME wat een lelijk ding. Elke keer als ik een Weert kom moet ik gewoon kotsen van deze lelijke kut toren, en dan moet ik de WC op de MacDonald's gebruiken om dat op te ruimen, ook geen pretje... De pastoor is zo'n smerige oude vetlap die alleen achter kontjes aan zit en buiten staan allemaal van die vettige zwervers te smeken om geld. Ik dacht, ik geef ze het voordeel van de twijfel dus ik woonde een mis bij. Echt mijn slechtste ervaring ooit. Pastoor was de hele tijd aan het schelden en dat kut kinderkoor kon er ook helemaal niks van. Kortom, zoek maar gewoon een kapelletje in Ospel op!
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