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Netherlands literally means 'lower countries' in reference to its low elevation and flat topography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) above sea level, and nearly 17% falling below sea level. Most of the areas below sea level, known as polders, are the result of land reclamation that began in the 16th century.

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Churches to Explore in Netherlands

Basilica of Our Lady

The Basilica of Our Lady is a Romanesque church in the historic center of Maastricht, Netherlands. The church is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Diocese of Roermond. The church is often referred to as the Star of the Sea , after the church's main devotion, Our Lady, Star of the Sea.

Basilica of Saint Nicholas

The Basilica of Saint Nicholas is located in the Old Centre district of Amsterdam, Netherlands, very close to Amsterdam's main railway station. The church is built on a previously urban site, necessitating a northwest-southeast axis to be adopted, rather than the standard east-west axis. The main facade is flanked by two towers, with a rose window in between.

Basilica of Saint Servatius

The Roman Catholic Basilica of Saint Servatius is situated in Maastricht, in The Netherlands. It is dedicated to, and built on top of the grave of Saint Servatius, a martyr of the fourth century. This basilica is dependent of the Diocese of Roermond. The church is mostly in Romanesque style and was built in several stages from the 11th until the 13th centuries.

Cenakelkerk, Heilig Landstichting, Groesbeek

The Cenakelkerk in Heilig Landstichting was built between 1913 and 1915 as a parish and pilgrimage church . The church is unique in Dutch church architecture. Due to the design and detailing that are grafted onto early Christian architecture and Arabic styles , the church and the other buildings of the National Monument Heilig Land Stichting are seen as a unique example of orientalism in the Netherlands.

Grote Kerk

The Grote Kerk is a majestic church in the Brabantine Gothic style, and the largest church in the city. It was built between 1284 and 1470, though some parts are newer. It became a Protestant church in 1572, and remains an active church, now owned by the Protestant Church in the Netherlands.

Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk

Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk is a Protestant church in Rotterdam. It is the only remnant of the medieval city of Rotterdam.The church was built between 1449 and 1525.This basilica was the first all stone building in Rotterdam. Many important events took place here.

Kerk van Engelbert

Engelbert's church is a simple elongated Dutch Reformed hall church in a fenced cemetery at Engelberterweg 39 in Engelbert , municipality of Groningen . The church has the status of a national monument and has been owned by the Oude Groninger Kerken Foundation since 2000 . Today the church is only used for cultural activities.

Large Church Breda - Our Dear Mother Church

The Grote Kerk or Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk is the most important monument and a landmark of Breda. The church is built in the Brabantine Gothic style. The tower of the church is 97 meters tall. The plan is in the shape of a Latin Cross. It is the only religious building built in the style of the Brabant Gothic style characteristic for this region, which has survived to our times. There are many valuable works of art inside.


The Martinikerkis the oldest church in Groningen. The church and its associated tower are named after Saint Martin of Tours, the patron saint of the Bishopric of Utrecht to which Groningen belonged. The church was a cathedral for a short period during the first bishopric of Groningen. Its organ contains stops dating back to 1450, and was rebuilt and enlarged by Arp Schnitger among others.

Middelburg Abbey

This is a majestic former Premonstratensian abbey in Middelburg, the Netherlands. At one time it was the centre of a large monastic complex.The origins of the abbey go back to the early twelfth century or earlier. Today parts of what survives are used for a museum and as offices. Located approximately 65 km west of Bergen op Zoom, Middelburg is the principal town and regional capital of Zeeland in the Netherlands.


The Munsterkerk is a 13th-century church dedicated to Our Lady in the Dutch town of Roermond. Its remarkable front towers are 55 meter in height. The Munsterkerk is one of the most important example of Late Romanesque architecture in the Netherlands. The church is a Rijksmonument, and is part of the Top 100 Dutch heritage sites.


The Nicolaïkerk is a church in the Dutch city of Utrecht , located at Nicolaaskerkhof 8. The church is also popularly known as the Nicolaaskerk. It is in use by the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. The church was built in the early twelfth century as the second parish church of Utrecht (the first was the Buurkerk.

Nieuwe Church

A majestic Protestant church in the city of Delft in the Netherlands. The building is located on Delft Market Square. This is the burial place of the princes of Orange. The church is remarkable for its fine tower and chime of bells, and contains the splendid allegorical monument of William the Silent.

Nieuwe Kerk

The Nieuwe Kerk, is a Protestant church in the city of Groningen , located on the Nieuwe Kerkhof in the Hortusbuurt. Both the Martini and Der Aa churches were originally Roman Catholic. The church was built after the example of the Noorderkerk in Amsterdam.


The Oldehove is a leaning and unfinished church tower in the medieval centre of the Dutch city of Leeuwarden. The height of the tower is 39 metres. The tower has 183 steps. The top of the tower is displaced horizontally 2 metres from the centre. The original plan included attaching a new church to the tower, which would replace the old saint vitus church, but this was never realized. Custodian of the tower is Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden.

Oudenbosch Basilica

The Oudenbosch Basilica is a Roman Catholic basilica in the Dutch village of Oudenbosch. The basilica is named after Agatha of Sicily and Barbara of Nicomedia, two Christian martyrs from the third century. It was built at the initiative of Willem Hellemons who was parish priest between 1842 and 1884. Its nave and interior were modeled after St. Peter's Basilica, while the facade is a replica of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, both located in Rome.

Saint Jan`s church

Limburg Cathedral, is located above the old town of Limburg in Hesse, Germany. It is the cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Limburg. Its high location on a rock above the river Lahn provides its visibility from far away. It is the result of an Early Gothic modernization of an originally Early Romanesque building and therefore shows a Romanesque-Gothic transitional style.

Sint Willibrordkerk

The Sint-Willibrordkerk on Minrebroederstraat in the Dutch city of Utrecht is a Roman Catholic church in neo-Gothic style.The church is near the Dom Church in the historical centre of Utrecht, the Saint Willibrord church is known as a hidden treasure in the city. The church is owned by the Sint Willibrordus Foundation, which was founded by Father Winand Kotte AA . The church was designated a national monument in 1976 .


The Grote of Sint Maartenskerk is the Protestant parish church of Elst in the Dutch province of Gelderland. It was a large hall church with a nave of 22 × 12 m and a retracted, just closed chancel of 5 × 5 m. This church was destroyed in 930 by a Norman raid.


Saint-Nicolas-la-Chapelle is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

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