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“Gothic architecture in full splendour...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grote of Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk

Grote of Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk
Kerkplein 2, Breda 4811 XT, The Netherlands
076 521 8267
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Breda
Type: Architectural Buildings
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near Brussels
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“Gothic architecture in full splendour...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Breda is the city wherefrom William of Orange spearheaded the resistance against Spanish rule in the late 16th century, setting off a century of religious turmoil in the Low Countries. This is a beautiful church in the best Brabant catholic tradition. It remained a catholic church until well into the 17th century, when it became protestant, a status later promptly reconfirmed by Napoleon Bonaparte when the local catholic church officials refused to welcome the French emperor in ceremonial attire, putting them at a distinct disadvantage to the protestant clergy who did lay the red carpet for the tyrant. The inside of the church is, in conformity with protestant doctrine, devoid of any obvious idolatrous religious sculptures and images. However, remaining splendid monuments of high historic value render the "large church" (as it is called locally) representative of many centuries of local wealth. The church tower has a large carillon, musical evidence of which can be heart througout town every half and every full hour, filling the sky with wonderful and peacefull musical bells. All in all, Breda is a splendid small city, great for going out into the many local and nice cafés, the city is one of the best in the Netherlands to live in (ask me how I know), and please don't make the (understandable) error of naming this part of the country "Holland", because it isn't (it's Brabant, same as Antwerp, Mechelen and Brussels, all in Belgium).

Visited July 2013
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Breda
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“Nice on the outside and from the top”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

It's a nice church from the outside but the inside is less attractive.
Going up to the tower is recommendable but check beforehand if it's open or not.
They ask a voluntary fee to go inside and a fixed fee for going up.

Visited June 2013
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Hoogstraten, Belgium
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“Best church in Netherlands”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This church is a beauty not only from the outside, but the inside as well, during the summer very nice and cool, cheap to take a trip all the way up the tower and have a great view of Breda, many royalties buried in the church. A place visiting worth

Visited July 2013
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Emmen, The Netherlands
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“A church with a link to Vincent van Gogh”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

In the church is a small picture of Vincent van Gogh's father.
There are several interesting sepulchres of a.o. Frederik van Renesse, Jan I and Jan II van Polanen and Engelbrecht I van Nassau.
The church dates from 1116 ad built in Tuff stone from the Eiffel region.

Visited May 2013
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Belfast
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“The must see site in Breda”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

Breda is a beautiful place to visit, and this church is the highlight. Beautiful both outside & inside. Packed the stunning frescoes it's well worth the visit. Free admission & the much deserved €1 suggested contribution is very much left to your descretion. Area is surrounded by a plethora of good restaurants & bars. Try the ice cream shop on the corner opposite. Delish!

Visited June 2013
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