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).
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