I have lived in Groningen from 1979 on. for all my first time foreign visitors to visit this church and climb this tower with very irregular footsteps dating back many centuries ago is a big must. unless they are not able to climb the tower due to handicaps or older age. the higher levels have been closed off to the public for a decade or even longer now. and the only accessible level has been screened in with a heavy gate after alas in a row several people had jumped down to commit suicide.
the view over the small but oh so pretty town of Groningen and the wonderful flat countryside to the north where the Waddensea is plus all countryside around town it is just stunningly beautiful!!
the interior is very very old and while I was in secondary school a few steps away from the church, our art teacher took my class along on an excursion. just then in the late sixties the chorus ceiling had been rediscovered in a huge restoration project. after a white low ceiling had been broken away to the big surprise there was such beauty hidden far above..So, tada, high above us was a blue ceiling with many, many golden stars painted into it. I still remember how excited I was about that when we were allowed to look at that old ceiling. everywhere in the floor are the tombstones of the rich and famous of centuries ago who were buried under the church floor.
on some of the ceilings also ancient paintings were discovered.
if you get a chance to visit a music performance in this church, do by all means buy a ticket and enjoy music. choir music is great to listen to. I have enjoyed listening to Messiah, Elijah and others composed by Handel. but also Bach is glorious in this church. the organ is a great gem!! 2 American boys I met over here, while they were studying organ 1-2 years even with the international very famous organ player Sietse de Vries in the early years of 2000.
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