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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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  • Unfortunately, he is now in the scaffolding, but that should. Fun experiences, just something you do if you want to môet the tourist hang out.. Funny that the scaffolding has a kind of picture, making it look as if ie not in the scaffolding is ... is on the lively square, where there is always something to do.
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  • You can use the tower as a reference point as you can see it all over town. The BEST part of it is the carillon. There is an actual guy playing it with a very wide repertoire that is eclectic and whim...  more »
  • Visit to Groningen is of course not complete without this tower to climb! The stairs are really worth it: the view is beautiful!
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  • 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)
  • 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.
  • d'Olle Grieze.. Home sweet home!
  • Super exotic tower as an icon of exotic city
  • Good climb. Rewarded by nice view of the city when reaching the top.

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