Grote of Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk

Adres: Kerkplein 2, Breda
Bouwjaar: 1410
Architect: Keldermans / P.J.H. Cuypers
Restauratie architect: Architectenbureau J. van Stigt
Opdrachtgever: Restauratiecommissie Grote Kerk Breda
Bouwbedrijf: Bouwbedrijf Nico de Bont 
Bouwsom: ca. €10.000.000,- 
Start bouw: 1991
Jaar van oplevering: 2007
Bijzonderheden: De Grote Kerk van Breda laat de overgang naar een nieuwe tijd zien. 
De rode bakstenen gotische kerk werd bekleed met blonde
natuursteen gevels, vensters, ornamenten en pinakels.
Hiermee werd de Renaissance in Nederland geïntroduceerd. 

 

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Description

Engelbrecht of Nassau was the first man of the city of Breda, he decided to build  the Great Church of Breda in 1410, also known as “Lieve Vrouwenkerk“.This Gothic church in brick, coated with natural blonde stone was a typical example of the architectural tradition of the Southern Netherlands of that time. Examples of this type of churches are also to be seen in Antwerp, Mechelen and Brussels.
The family Keldermans was responsible for the construction of this church in the fifteenth century. The church contains a number of unique tombs of the ancestors of William of Orange. In 1533 the church was expanded with the Our Lady Chapel, the chapel in Western Europe known for its unique ceiling paintings designed by da Vincidor Bolonga

The church was in serious disrepair, when architect office Van Stigt was commissioned in the early 90’s  to restore the monument and paintings in the church and to take measures to improve the operation. Joop van Stigt, the founder of our office,  worked  for 16 years on this enormous project from 1991-2007.
First the outer skin of the church was restored, after that all the monuments and  the severely damaged paintings were restored.
There is a complete book published about the restoration of the Great Church in Breda with many images of this long and intensive process.

 

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