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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  • At the Tourist Office on the square to buy a coin, which give access to the tower. On different "floors" is there what to see, for example, the top of the Church vault and the beautiful large bells. Once at the top you really have a nice view over the city. Still a stage higher you stand suddenly behind the clock! Fun to take along during your Groningen trip.
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  • The 260 steps in a fairly narrow stairs might not be for everyone. But, if you're up to the challenge, once at the top you will be rewarded with a beautiful, clear view of this cute city :-)  more »
  • Buy coin at VVV and then by revolving door up the stairs. Nice medieval small and narrow, but was not because of the cold pressure, so hurry up. Did have info expected and than with current presentation techniques than just a light bar at the Bell. Top view of Groningen. At visit Groningen not lacking on t to-do list.
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  • If you reach the top you have an amazing view. ๐Ÿ’ฏ The climb up was fun but cold. The only thing i could think of climbing up, is how did they build it way back when. ๐Ÿ˜จ Anyway its worth the money (i payed โ‚ฌ3 p/p)
  • Climbing the Martinitower is a must do for all visitors. Get a token a the Touristinfo, then 136 stairs up with beautiful views of the large bells and the town.
  • It was sunny day even bit cold but many cafe and bars are open around martini tower, many place to take relax for talks with friends and it was great experience to visit this beautiful place!! Gezelig ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  • Offers a nice view of the city, all year round of the weather is good. It's a lot of old, chipped and crooked stone steps with the occasional windowsill, giving you a glimpse of what to expect once you reach the top.
  • A very lovely view. One of Groningen's finest.
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