Found project: Grote kerk


    Project : Grote kerk

    Architect : n/a

    Completion: 1470

    Locality : Dordrecht

    Country : Netherlands

    Building style : Gothic

    Description :

    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




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