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Nisse (Z): reformed church


The reformed church of Nisse, also known as Mariakerk, is a big one-aisled cruciform church in Gothic style. The tower was built at the end of the 14th century and shows similarities to other towers in the area, being decorated with undeep niches and supported by heavy, stepped buttresses. On top is a short polygonal part. Originally it had a spire surrounded by four corner-turrets, which were removed in 1805. The current spire was added in 1921-1922 as part of a restoration lead by H. van der Kloot Meijburg, who also added a cuppola to the stair-turret.
The nave was built in ca. 1425, replacing an earlier church which had been demolished for unknown reasons and had probably been built before 1200. The choir and sacristy were built in ca. 1470. In ca. 1500 the southern transept-arm was added, the northern one followed in the first half of the 16th century. Nowadays only the choir is used for religious services, the nave is used for cultural purposes.








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