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"The Church of Our Lady" Grote Kerk Tip by OlafS

Grote Kerk, Breda: 38 reviews and 50 photos

  Breda: Great Church
by OlafS

Look at this church. Look at that tower! I could see it with my bare eyes from my very own window over a 25 kilometres distance when I still lived in Tilburg! But it's much better just to go there and admire this fine example of the Brabantine Gothic style. There are so many details to see. Inside are a few impressive graves and tombs, including of some ancient relatives of the royal family. When I worked in Breda years ago the church was still a dark and filthy building, but as it was being restored a little later I could see it turn more white a little bit each day. Nowadays it's hard to imagine what this beauty looked like before!
An interesting fact: officially this church was returned to the catholics early in the 19th century, when the government decided that old churches should be used by the dominant religion in that place. However in Breda the protestants, who were only a handfull but an arrogant bunch nonetheless, refused to give it back. Eventually the government simply gave up and gave the catholics money to build a new church. Sometimes crime does pay. In the end there were too few protestants to maintain the church so a foundation now owns it and offers it for various purposes, including computer fairs.
Oh BTW, this is not a cathedral, never was and probably never will be.

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  • Updated Oct 12, 2004
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