Architect : n/a
Locality : Dordrecht
Country : Netherlands
Building style : Gothic
The Gothic Big Church is the third biggest one in the Netherlands, and the tower is about 75 meters high (about 250 feet) and never finished. The dome-vault of the Big Church is the only one in The Netherlands fully made of stone. The Tower of the Big Church was build about 1182.
A few centuries ago, the size of the church’s tower was an indication of the city’s wealth. Dordrecht was a fabulously wealthy city, but the tower was never finished. Dordrecht’s position in between rivers made the ground very wet and spongy, and unable to support a structure so high. The tower started leaning over 2,5 meters, which it still visible right now. The famous Big Church also has the largest Carillon of Europe.
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Netherlands/Provincie_Zuid_Holland/Dordrecht-461928/Things_To_Do-Dordrecht-De_grote_Kerk_the_big_church-BR-1.html (June 21, 2011).
Ed. Heikki Nikkinen