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Onze-Lieve-Vrouwetoren, Amersfoort

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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 again 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 occur anymore.
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  • i saw some reviews of people who wanted to climb the tower but found a closed door: be aware that you have to buy your tickets beforehand at the VVV (the Dutch tourist office). Only during summer mont...  more »
  • This is the focal point and landmark for the old city... as long as you have it in y our view, you will not get lost. It have lovely carillon bells on the hour.  more »
  • The Onze Lieve Tower (long John) is a beautiful beacon in Amersfoort. The Tower represents Mary with the baby Jesus for because 1 of the 4 turrets is greater. You can climb the Tower during the summer months. Then you have a beautiful view of the city. And after a delicious beer on the Town Square.
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  • Great experience! The guide leads you up the 365 steps, with a great view over authentic Amersfoort and its surroundings. You can see Amsterdam, Utrecht, Almere and other cities from the 98-meter-high church. The church's history, historical and current use is explained during the two stops along the way up. I won't give away all the information in this short review. I can say that I highly recommend this tour.
  • Wonderful place to visit! I am a large person and was well accomodated when I chose to climb the tower 😍 What a wonderful way to view the city!
  • Really nice. Not only the tower even the whole square
  • Beautiful vantage point in the middle of Amersfoort. Only by stairs. Take a tour when you don't want to miss about the history. Must do in Amersfoort
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  • The pilgrims door, designed by Eric Claus, makes a visit to this church really worth it. Even if the Church itself is closed.
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