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January 19, 2019

Nieuwe Kerk: After The Fire…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Next to the Sint-Lievensmonstertoren tower stands another building, one that I learn is the “Nieuwe Kerk”.

Wikipedia told us that: “The Sint-Lievensmonstertoren, known also locally as the “Dikke Toren” (the fat tower) is a 62 metre tall, unfinished, free standing church tower in Zierikzee, Netherlands. The accompanying Cathedral was destroyed by a fire in 1832.

Because the church and the tower were at that point in their construction, separate parts, the fire did not destroy the tower, just the Cathedral. For this reason the rebuilt church stands a short distance away from the The Sint-Lievensmonstertoren tower.

In July 1835 – two and a half years after the fire, work began on a new church, hence the name “Nieuwe Kerk” (New Church) in the neoclassical style.

The architect who had taken up the work went bankrupt so construction stopped, until it’s eventual completion in 1848.

The church was heavily damaged in World War II and the restoration work became such a financial burden that the building was close in 1971.

The Nieuwe Kerk deteriated considerably, windows broke, leaving the church to the mercy of the elements.

Salvation came in 1977 when ownership of the building was transferred to the “Stichting Oude Zeeuwse Kerken” (Foundation for Old Churches in Zeeland).
The building was restored in stages between 1978 and 1988. A fine example of 19th century ecclesiastical architecture, the Nieuwe Kerk is a famous landmark in the historic city of Zierikzee. As of April 1988 the Niewue Kerk became available for festive events.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

VVV (Visitor Information Bureau) // Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) Zierikzee, Zeeland, The Netherlands.

Nieuwe Kerk
Kerkplein 1
4301EE Zierikzee
Monument number (Historic Building) No. 40634.
nieuwekerkzierikzee.nl

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