Sint Gertrudiskerk, Bergen op Zoom

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Gertrudiskerk is a church approachable from the large market in the center of Bergen op Zoom. The towers of the church are called "pepper plant towers". An old legend says Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, abbess of the abbey in Nivelles, founded the church in 654.
The older part of the church consisting of the towers, dates to around 1370. These were later incorporated in probably the fourteenth and fifteenth century when changes were made to the church. The building at that time was used for Catholic worship services. The current church building, completed in 1477 was designed by. He devised a new chancel with chancel ambulatory and vaults in the ship style of the Brabantine Gothic.
In 1489 Anthonis submitted to Keldermans a design for a new church in the Late Gothic style. In spite of a constant lack of money, a new chancel and transept were realized. During the troubles of 1580 the church was plundered and thereafter used as a military warehouse. A cannonade by the French in 1747 left the church devastated. In 1750 rebuilding efforts started again, albeit with a more sober character. The church was 9 meters lower after being rebuilt.
In 1586 the church was arranged for reformed services. The new chancel and transept were completed and in 1698 were demolished. Thus only a small part remained of the second transept. Material was needed at this time for the construction of fortifications.
From 1586 to 1966 the reformed congregation had this building in possession. In 1747 the building burned down after the bombardment by the French. Rebuilding took place using Protestant funds and Protestant stones. The reformed congregation retained control through the 1950s and 1960s and people began to regret that more and more. It appeared an impossible task to maintain such a large building. In 1966 the church was transferred to the municipality so the government could restore the building.
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  • nice church to see from the outside but also from the inside; friendly reception by volunteers AND a nice tower to climb, 183 steps to the top, but it's worth that exercise.  more »
  • In 1747 the church was virtually devastated after an attack by French troops. The reconstruction dates from the second half of the 18th century. For most part of its history it was a Protestant...  more »
  • What a beautiful cathedral. The history is so well preserved. We encountered a couple of local guides who were kind enough to show us through the building. So much history.
  • An icon in Bergen op Zoom! As professional wedding photographers of Vrouwenhof photography We come every year a few times in the Peperbus. What a wonderful place for the ecclesiastical blessing of a marriage! Nice light, nice spacious and atmospheric. As a wedding photographer we can make the most beautiful wedding pictures and enjoy this location every time.
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