Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren

Amersfoort, Netherlands

The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwetoren ('The Tower of Our Lady') is a Late Gothic church tower which is 98.33 metres tall and reaches high above the inner city. It's one of the most eye-catching monuments in town and the third highest church tower in the Netherlands. The church that belonged to the tower was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in the 18th century.

The first chapel on site was constructed on this site in the 14th century. In the 15th century the chapel was replaced by new church with three aisles. When the tower was built is not exactly known. Construction started around 1444 and was finished around 1470. The official documents of the construction were destroyed by the Protestants in 1579 during the reformation and the ensuing iconoclasm. The church and tower were taken over by the Protestants and no longer belonged to the Catholics.

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Founded: 1444
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands

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shyam sunder Sharma (2 years ago)
Beautiful place, I loved :)
Indo Chan (2 years ago)
A nice view at the top of the tower, but you are not supposed to walk independently. Unfortunately, you have to walk with a local guide, who stops at almost every level to tell a little history about the tower. Which isn't bad, but if you're short on time, it'll take a while.
Sridevi Tolety (2 years ago)
Beautiful old monument in the heart of Amersfoort overlooking a lovely square with several cafes. Worth a visit.
Michael Astro (2 years ago)
Awesome icon of Amersfoort. Great to get a tour up the tower and be informed about the history of the place. One side note: bring earplugs for when they play the bells.
Serena Hwang (2 years ago)
It was really beautiful and totally worth it. The guide was wonderful, speaks good English and helpful. Thank you!
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