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"Gereformeerde Kerk - Fascinating history." Hoogeveen Things to Do Tip by Jerelis

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  Back side of the Gereformeerde Kerk.
by Jerelis

The history of this beautiful building it quite fascinating to be honest. We can explain it all a bit better by stating that Hoogeveen is called the 'Jeruzalem of the North', this because of the enormous amount of churches in this small city. During the difficult times in the past centuries, the working class was a bit desperate on getting something to hold on to. For them it became faith, the bible and the church, meaning two sessions every sunday. Weird enough there were over 64 church societies in the past centuries and every society (of course) had to building their own church.

The Gereformeerde Kerk was build by two societies named the Christelijke Afgescheiden Gemeente en de Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk that left the Hervormde Kerk. Because of their split off they were contempted and definately negatively judged by the entire community of Hoogeveen and received the nickname 'cocksen'. There are two years (1834 and 1886) mentioned on the front facade. These years represent the years that the two societies left the Hervormde Kerk. So don't think that this church was built in 1834 and restored in 1886, which of course is easy to think. The new commune was created in 1835 and the church itself was completed in 1841. There were some restauration and expansions in 1849, 1887,1904, 1964 en 1984.

Address: Hoofdstraat 95, 7901 JT Hoogeveen.
Directions: The Gereformeerde Kerk is the natural centre of the city of Hoogeveen. You can't miss it!

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  • Updated Apr 27, 2007
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