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The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwetoren is a church tower in Amersfoort. The Late Gothic building is 98.33m tall and reaches high above the inner city. It is one of the most eye-catching monuments in town and the third highest church tower in the Netherlands. The nickname of the tower is Lange Jan . The church that belonged to the tower was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in the 18th century.HistoryThe first chapel on site was constructed on this site in the 14th century. In the 15th century the chapel was replaced by new church with three aisles. When the tower was built is not exactly known. Construction started around 1444 and was finished around 1470. The official documents of the construction were destroyed by the Protestants in 1579 during the reformation and the ensuing iconoclasm. The church and tower were taken over by the Protestants and no longer belonged to the Catholics.The church also has been used for other purposes than worshiping. It was used as a storage place for ammunition and as laboratory for the manufacturing of shells.In 1986 some research was done into its history and in the current square one can see the original plan of the church. The spire of the church burned down in 1651 and also in 1804. The tower was restored in 1912–1932, in 1965–1970 and in 1993–1996.Dutch grid reference systemThe middle point of the Dutch grid reference system is situated in the tower. From origin the tower spin was the middle of the grid with x = 0 and y = 0. This grid system was set up in the period 1885-1904. The coördinates where also called Amersfoort coördinates. The Zero-point was moved in the period 1960-1978, it moved 155 km Westwards and 463 km Southwards (120 km Southeast of Paris, 1 km East of La Celle-Saint-Cyr). The coördinates of the middle point since then are X = 155 000, Y = 463 000. Advantage of this new Zero-point is that there are no negative coördinates anymore and the X values differ from the Y values so mistakes shall not occure anymore.Put Onze-Lieve-Vrouwetoren into our Amersfoort trip itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Beklimming met stadsgids is erg de moeite waard. Het duurt een uur, maar dan heb je ook wel wat. Je krijt een geweldig uitzicht over de stad en omgeving.Climb with city guide is very worth it. It takes an hour, but then you also called what. You chalk a great view of the city and the surrounding area.show original
prima rondleiding door het gilde van amersfoort door de lieve vrouwetoren met het kindeke jezus in het bovenste gedeelte ( trappenhuis naar de top)fine tour of the Guild of amersfoort by the dear tower with the infant Jesus in the upper part (stairwell to the top)show original
Leuke rondleiding door de toren. Ik in 4 etappes gingen we naar boven toe. Iedere keer met een interessant verhaal van de gids van het stadsgilde.Fun tour of the tower. I in 4 stages we went up. Every time with an interesting story from the guide of the city Guild.show original
Mooi uitzicht vanaf boven af.
Simeon de Nijs
Moet je gezien hebben!
Jesse den Ottergood johshow original
Jermy LeeuwisBeautiful church tower with a more stunning view. The Carillon and the clocks not forget ... Definitely a must! Melanie knew-your-Dad: in the Tower there is the cadastral Center of Netherlands.show original
Jean-Luc LavalThis you have to do! Do your walking boots, buy a ticket (€ 4,-) and go with the Guide to top. In fine weather, you have here a view over the province of Utrecht, you can see the Dom, you can see and you can of course Amsterdam Amstel Amersfoort in a unique way. If you look down you can see right away on that terrace still room for your well deserved beer!show original
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