The Great Church of Wijk bij Duurstede

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Grote Kerk Wijk bij Duurstede
Markt 26
3961 BC Wijk bij Duurstede
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The church is dedicated to John the Baptist. Construction of a smaller church began in the early 14th Century. Bishop David of Burgundy (1456-1496) extended the church into a three-aisle cross church. The construction of the truncated tower started in 1486. The choir burned down in 1579 and was not rebuilt. The east façade was then bricked up. In 1581, the church was converted from Roman Catholic to Protestant and the east façade was marked with the “ten precepts” in 1593. The organ, which rests on a 15th Century organ stand, dates mostly from the 17th Century. The church and organ were completely restored between 1968 and 1982.

The church is open on the first Sunday of every month. In the summer months, the church is also open on Wednesdays during the weekly market from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. From May to September, it’s open every Monday from 1.30 p.m to 3.30 p.m. By appointment, it can also be visited by groups led by a tourist guide.