Martinitoren, Groningen

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The Martinitoren is the highest church steeple in the city of Groningen, Netherlands and the bell tower of the Martinikerk.The tower is located at the north-eastern corner of the Grote Markt (Main Market Square). It contains a brick spiral staircase consisting of 260 steps, and the carillon within the tower contains 62 bells. The tower is considered one of the main tourist attractions of Groningen and offers a view over the city and surrounding area. The front of the tower shows three pictures above the entrance: the blind poet, Saint Martinus and Rudolf Agricola. All three are men are linked to the history of Groningen. The tower is tilting about 0.6 m, according to reports the tower has a foundation of only three metres deep. The citizens of Groningen call their tower d'Olle Grieze, meaning the old grey one in the local dialect.HistoryTwice before a tower has stood on the site of the current Martinitoren. The first was built in the 13th century; this was approximately 30 metres high and built in the Romanesque style. This tower was destroyed by lightning. In the 15th century a second tower was built, approximately 45 metres high, but it also was devastated by lightning in a storm. The third and current tower was largely built between 1469 and 1482 from blocks of Bentheimer sandstone. The steeple was not finished until the mid-16th century. This tower was initially an estimated 102 metres high. Its architecture was influenced by the Dom Tower of Utrecht.
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  • August 15, 2017
    It's a shame that not allowed inside the Cathedral and. .. a token that you buy in the Info Center (across the street), only includes a climb to 60 metres down a narrow flight of stairs. And see the city from above ... and look there.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Always worth a visit to the top of the bell towers. Many climbed and act reasonably when oncoming traffic passed to destination.
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  • August 13, 2017
    You pay. Must by a grill and then you can turn the Tower on. Very impersonal affair. The way of receipt made it for me for views. Probably a nice view over the city, but that I had from my room on the seventh floor of the mh Groningen hotel.
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  • January 28, 2017
    Well worth a visit. Excellent views of the city. Lots of climbing narrow staircases, so perhaps not for the infirm. Remember to get the entry tokens in the tourist office in the main square opposite (it's a few euros if I remember correctly)
  • January 17, 2017
    You need to be in good shape to visit this monument ! The stairs are really tight and the climb is really long but worth the price! If you are lucky you will find the Carillon player at the top of the tower and you can watch him play.
  • March 20, 2017
    d'Olle Grieze.. Home sweet home!
  • July 4, 2017
    Super exotic tower as an icon of exotic city
  • February 16, 2017
    Good climb. Rewarded by nice view of the city when reaching the top.

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