Wednesday walk - Ruin church

in photography •  3 months ago 

This post is part of the #wednesdaywalk challenge initiated by @tattoodjay.

I took this walk past Thursday during a bicycle tour with my parents in law. This church is situated in Bergen in the Netherlands and is a national monument.
This 15th century church was burned down on 21 February 1574 during the 80 year war. This was done to prevent the Spanish from resuming the siege of Alkmaar. During this fire a large part of the church was lost, including the tower.
Parts of the church where rebuild in the period till 1597, the parts that are still up now days.

This church has some more war stories as in 1799 there was heavy fighting around the church during "Battle for Bergen". The many bullet holes and mortar hits remind us of that time. Next in WWII the bell was taken by the German occupiers to a war factory in Germany to be melted. Used Source

Let's start with a shot from when you would walk trough the main gate towards the church showing the still standing old walls.

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So we are all the way up at the door, the year 1958 is placed there during the last renovations. I guess you guys can guess the year this was done.
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Now some shots of the old walls. Must have been an impressive church when it was whole.

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The part of the church that has been rebuild and restored over the years. It's still an active church where masses are held.

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Some close-ups of some craftsmanship from different centuries.
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There are still some old graves that used to be indoors before it was burned down.
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Next a series of shots of the "new" church tower from different angles.
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And we finish this walk with a shot of the old ruin wall.
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What a lovely post for the Wednesday walk! I have never heard of this church in Bergen even though I spend a lot of time in The Netherlands. But it's probably because I'm usually in Brabant :)

You took some beautiful photos, especially the ones with the new tower. I like different focus points, it looks very nice..

It's interesting that it's still an active church. Half a church, half a ruin - great place for a service :)

Thank you for sharing and have a lovely day!

Thank you so much @delishtreats for your visit and very kind comment.
It was a first time for me in Bergen, and I live in the Netherlands. And another great place to visit in the top of north Holland, I think we will go back there at a later time.
Brabant is also a beutiful place, we have family living in Breda.
Have a loveley day!

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Nice shots! @tijntje

I liked the entrance and some closeup clicks.
And it's good to see that you mentioned about some history of it. Specially about the bell!

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Thank you so much @bloggerkrunal for your visit and nice comment.

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I like your idea of Wednesday walks, I can see so many different places and read about so many interesting stuff.
Some of your photos are amazing, this church has been through a lot but it's still standing and probably will be long after us.

Thank you so much @anaerwu for your visit and kind comment. I try to participate in these wednesdaywalks as often as i can, such a great idea @tattoodjay came up with, and make a post with a bit of information about the subject. And indeed if this church has overcome this much it will be there for many more years.

Oh i like the pictures but it looks like the church is about to fall at some parts. And amazed to know masses are still held here, maybe its just the outer look. Thanks for showing this, I used to think churches are all pretty and beautiful.

hi @tijntje
these Wednesday walks really offer lots of ideas to learn about new places !! your post is interesting, the photos are very beautiful !!
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Thanks for your visit and nice comment @road2horizon. Love making posts like this. And a curie vote is awesome to get.

Very nice i always love looking at old abandon history great shots great angels :)

Thank you so much for your nice comment my friend!

You are most welcome :)

Love the story and the photographs to go along with it. In those days nothing was sacred and I think it was fairly common for the Germans to melt down whatever they could get their hands on. Brass would have been used in shell casings so it would have been in high demand.

Thank you so much for your visit and nice comment. And indeed it was very common for bells to be removed during the war time, or they were melted for shells or locals hid it from the occupiers.

It's so nice to see ruins are still taken care of. I've been to quite a few churches in the Netherlands but not ruins. I can't explain why but I have a thing for bricks, brick buildings, especially medieval churches.
Lovely photos series and I'm glad I could visit the place throughout your post.

Thank you for your visit and comment @erikah. It's a very strange sighting this church with just a small part being rebuild in the old days but the walls continue into ruined walls. Too bad the rebuild part of the church was closed so no shots of the inside, maybe I will go back some day as I am quite curious how it looks on the inside.
I also have a soft spot for old brick buildings, it shows so much craftsmanship. That's also why we love to go to Italy i think.

Medieval cities have a lot to offer if you love old brick building and Italy sure has a lot to offer. I'm glad those wonderful buildings had survived wars and we can enjoy them.
If you go back to this church and can take photos inside, make sure you tag me as I'm interested :) Have a nice evening.

If I do a post on the inside I will tag you.
We love to stroll around old brick buildings in italy or Greece. My favourite Florence.

Thank you, I'm looking forward to it.