Local Heart, Global Soul

January 7, 2019

Saint-Livinus Monster Tower, Was To Have Been A MONSTER Tower…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Zierikzee in the Dutch province of Zeeland is famous for the small squat tower called: “Sint-Lievensmonstertoren”.

It’s not the only time I have visited this tower, the first time was waaay back in 1988, as a kid whilst on a trip to the Netherlands with my parents.

Back then I climbed to the top of the tower, and somewhere in the dark vaults of storage boxes tucked in the back of one of our cupboards I have photographs I took of views from the top.

Wikipedia was most helpful in telling me all about the history of the tower and that the sight we see today was not the one originally intended, but rather just the beginning of a far grander endeavour.

In fact it’s worth going to the Wiki page: Wikipedia / Sint-Lievensmonstertoren / Zierikzee / The Netherlands (English text) to look at the drawings because this “would have been” the tallest tower in the world had things gone to plan.

Wiki tells us:

“The Sint-Lievensmonstertoren (English: Saint-Livinus Monster Tower), also known as the Dikke Toren (or Fat Tower) is a 62 metre tall, unfinished, free standing church tower in Zierikzee The accompanying church was destroyed by a fire in 1832.

In 1454 work started on a church tower, designed by Andries I Keldermansdermans in the “Brabantine Gothic” style.

It was planned to be according to different sources, either 130 metres or 204 metres tall (the latter would have made it the tallest church tower in the world by far).

The work was continued by his relatives “Antoon I Keldermans and Rombout II Keldermans. Work halted in 1530, when the city went through a financial crisis.

The tower is now 62 metres tall, on a base of 24.5 metres by 24.5 metres. Since 1881, it is a property of the state, and it has been designated a “Rijksmonument” (National Monument building) “Monster” in the Saint-Livinus Monster Tower name doesn’t refer to monsters of any scary type, but to a “Minster”(church). I’m trying out my new telephoto camera lens, so even sitting on the steps in front of a house in one of the main streets, I can still zoom in enough to get detail and even see visitors at the top of the tower even though they are some distance away from where I am sitting.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Later shots from below…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia / Sint-Lievensmonstertoren / Zierikzee / The Netherlands (Longer article, in Dutch language)
https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sint-Lievensmonstertoren

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