Thursday, 4 October 2018


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Breda (Dutch pronunciation: listen) is a city and municipality in the southern part of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Brabant. My husband had to be there for a meeting with other architectural engineers. He made some nice pictures for the blog. Yes, yes!!!

Mijn man moest voor een vergadering in Breda zijn. Ik dacht echt dat het een saaie stad was met veel grauwe flats. Dat beeld is ontstaan doordat we altijd langs Breda rijden op weg naar Zeeland. Dan zie je natuurlijk niet die mooie binnenstad! Ik show weer wat foto's die m'n man in de gauwigheid maakte, op weg naar de vergaderlocatie.

Below some church pics. The Grote Kerk or Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady) is the most important monument and a landmark of Breda.

The church is built in the Brabantine Gothic style.

6 facts from Wikipeda

  • In 1566, the Reformation took place and the church was no longer Catholic. In 1637, the church became Protestant.
  • The organ in the Grote Kerk of Breda is one of the largest organs in the Netherlands and its history goes back to the 16th century. At that time, the organ only possessed 16 stops. After being displaced several times, the organ arrived at its present location in the church in 1712.
  • The Prinsenkapel (Prince chapel) north of the choir is the old mausoleum of the House of Orange-Nassau, ancestors of the Dutch Royal Family. 
  • When William of Orange died the plan was to bury him also in the chapel, but Breda was at that time occupied by the Spanish. William of Orange and most of his descendants were buried in the mausoleum in the New Church in Delft.
  • The tower of the church is 97 meters tall.
  • The tower spire burned in 1694 and the current spire was built in 1702. From 1843 onwards many restorations took place, the last big restoration took place from 1993 until 1998.
My hubby was in the church for five minutes. He did not have more time, but I'm so happy to show you these two pictures.

Mijn man had niet veel tijd, toch haast-je rep-je even de kerk in. Daarom heb ik bovenstaande foto's. Ik denk dat wij echt een keertje naar Breda gaan om alles op ons gemakje te bekijken. Voor vandaag: geniet van deze foto's!

The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better. (Thomas Carlyle)

  • What is your favorite old building? 


  1. Prachtig kijkje in Breda.
    Mooie kerk.

    Groettie van Patricia.

  2. The church is absolutely beautiful, I like the interior too. Have a wonderful day Aritha.

  3. I was first taken with the sky blue in the photos. Love the church too.

  4. There really are some very beautiful (and very old) churches throughout Europe. Great post. Hope all is well. Diane

  5. A very interesting post. The photos are great. What a beautiful church inside and outside. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  6. Hoi Aritha,
    Dat zijn mooie foto's!! Fantastisch met die kerk.
    Foto 5 vind ik ook erg mooi. Dat heeft je man prima gedaan.
    Breda heeft echt een leuke binnenstad. Zeker de moeite waard om te shoppen of een terrasje te pikken.

    Groetjes, Marco

  7. Beautiful church. Wonderful details.

  8. That is so beautiful. Thank your hubby for sharing with us! I love the pictures of the Cathedral, and also the streets/buildings. All looks so clean and neat. Very nice indeed.

  9. That is a super fancy and ornate church.Thanks for sharing these pictures.

  10. Outstanding pictures of this beautiful church!

  11. Mooie serie over Breda en de kerk Mirthe.
    Groetjes kees.

  12. Lijkt me een mooie stad om eens te bezoeken.

  13. Since I'm Catholic, I love the old Cathedrals. They are beautiful and have so much history to them. When the girls travel, they like to go to mass at the Cathedrals. This Dutch city is so charming. Nice of your husband to take pictures for you, Aritha.


  14. I love old churches and cathedrals for their beauty and for their reminder that God is there and everywhere. I got my B.A. in Art History and did my thesis on Mosques, they are beautiful buildings too. Churches capture my heart though.

  15. Oh wow! The church looks so beautiful, and the interior looks good too.

    All the best Jan

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  17. "The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better. (Thomas Carlyle)"

    :) I like this.

    "What is your favorite old building?"

    I like old churches too. They remind me that long ago things were different.


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