(Fr): Grote- of St. Martinuskerk
St. Martinuskerk, also known
as Martinikerk or Grote Kerk
(Great church), its protestant name since the
is a big three-aisled pseudo-basilica in Gothic style.
The church is the successor of a one-aisled church built on the same
location in the 11th century, and which was enlarged in the 14th
century and mostly replaced in the 15th.
Apart from a piece of wall that survived from the enlargment of the old
church, the tower is the oldest part of the church. Work on it started
in the first quarter of the 15th century, but it probably wasn't
finished until the third. In the 17th century it was covered by a
saddle-roof, which is quite common for
village-churches in the northern provinces but unique for a
The nave was built while work on the tower was still continuing. Work
lasted from 1446 until 1466. The northern side-aisle ends with a
sacristy. The southern
side-aisle has a nicely decorated portal. A similar portal on the
northern side was demolished in ca. 1900.