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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 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.
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  • She firmly to the ground. It's pretty impressive if you're so for the our Lady Tower tower stands. Many streets in and around Amersfoort are aligned on this lady making you always remind is to the classic city centre of Amersfoort. Be good to this old attention grabber even to see up close and to climb. At the tourist information (right next to the Tower) you can buy tickets in advance and you will be at scheduled times in a group. The guide is a valuable addition to the old story of the tower to tell. But in the end it is also a question of the climb. And with (almost) 365 Act is that a nice challenge for your claustrophobia or/and your condition. Fortunately, there are a few between floors where you can come to with a bit of luck to hear the carillon play. But above all, on the striker remains the view on a nice day breathtaking. don't forget your camera!
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  • What a tower what a view one must have had in the past. Heart of the town. Nice square where the church stood.
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  • Beautiful place, beautiful houses around the square and the beautiful Our city to see and stay on one of the many cosy terraces!
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  • Visibility up to Amsterdam to Utrecht and Almere
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