Local Heart, Global Soul

January 12, 2019

This Little Landmark Makes It’s Mark…

The stairs to the top of the Zierikzee Sint-Lievensmonstertoren church tower are not even a dream for me these days, crutches and spiral staircases not being an ideal combination. Luckily this is a tower I climbed as a kid, whilst on holiday in the Netherlands with my parents. The information board showing how tall the tower was intended to be is so tall that I can’t get it into a single photo.

The stairs are now just of photographic interest, the architectural detail and design problem: how to fit a  stable structure into a small space that efficiently gets people from one level of a building to another. The spiral staircase is a brilliant solution, especially for many church towers where space gets more and more limited as the spire narrows. Even the “short” tower here in Zierikzee can give wide views on a clear day of the surrounding countryside as the land is literally “as flat as a pancake”. We have driven up from the south on many occasions and seen this tower from afar, this little landmark may not be the world wonder that it’s early makers intended, but it is a little landmark that makes it’s mark.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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