Saint John Church (Maastricht) – Wikipedia



The Sint-Janskerk (Saint John Church) is a Gothic church within the middle of the Dutch town of Maastricht. The Protestant Sint-Jan is located subsequent to the Roman Catholic Basilica of Saint Servatius at the Vrijthof, a novel sight within the Netherlands.

Historical past[edit]

The Church of Saint John used to be probably the most 4 parish church buildings of Maastricht within the Center Ages.[note 1] The church used to be named after John the Baptist and used to be based round 1200 via the Bankruptcy of Saint Servatius to serve as as a baptismal and parish church for the parish of Saint Servatius. This relieved the burden at the Saint Servatius Church and allowed it to serve as solely as a collegiate and pilgrimage church. On Easter and Pentecost eves, the canons of Saint Servatius went in procession to Saint John to consecrate the baptismal water. On that instance, the church choir sang to the canons from the primary tower transept of St. John’s. The Sint-Janskerk used to be first discussed in 1218. The present church dates from the 14th and early fifteenth centuries. In 1414 the Gothic baptistery used to be added. The unique tower collapsed on June 8, 1366 after a violent hurricane. The present tower used to be finished in the second one part of the 15th century with the development of the roof lantern, after a protracted length of recovery.

Protestant church[edit]

After the conquest of Maastricht via Frederik Hendrik in 1632, the church handed into Protestant palms, after having been claimed via the Protestants for a short while. The church belongs to the Dutch Reformed Church since 1633. The previous vestry used to be repurposed as a sacristy, and the wall art work with Catholic scenes we coated via a layer of whitewash, most effective to be exposed all the way through recovery works in the beginning of the 20 th century.

The Church of St. Servatius remained Catholic after 1632. The connection between the Protestant and Catholic neighbors used to be now not at all times harmonious. Within the seventeenth century the Consultation of Sint-Jan complained  about “wolf dancing”, the wild beating of the bells of the Sint-Servatius to disrupt the sermon within the Sint-Jan.  In 1659 a dispute arose between the Consultation and ivory carver Johannes Boissier in regards to the marble tomb that he had made for Margarita Elisabet Cabeliaeu-de Gryse, the spouse of Jacob Cabeliaeu.  The Consultation discovered the monument, on which each spouses can be depicted as figures, used to be too Catholic.[note 2]


The tower has now not at all times painted with the present unique purple colour; writings point out the colours yellow (early 18th century) and white (early nineteenth century). The church used to be restored a number of occasions: in 1713 (via town architect Gilles Doyen), then in 1774 when the tower used to be restored and painted purple), ca. 1800 the inner used to be whitewashed, in 1822 the tower used to be restored and painted purple, and in 1843-44 the nave used to be restored. In 1877–1885 Pierre Cuypers led primary recovery that together with the tower roof, and in 1909–1912 via the via Willem Sprenger who bricked off the Vrijthof gate bricked up, and restored the baptistery restored. In 1967 and in spite of everything within the length 1981–1985, the church used to be restored once more underneath the path of Waalko Dingemans. All over this newest recovery, the tower used to be repainted purple in 1983.[note 3]


  1. ^ Of Maastricht’s 4 historical parish church buildings, most effective two stay: the St. John’s Church and the Saint Matthew’s Church; the Saint Nicholas’ Church and the Saint Martin’s Church have been demolished within the nineteenth century.
  2. ^ The statues have been harking back to the Catholic pictures of saints and of the worship of saints. The misperception that had helped motive a wave of Beeldenstorm.
  3. ^ Acclaim for portray the tower used to be received from the related minister as a result of the Monuments Act. On the other hand, the municipality of Maastricht refused to grant permission, believing that the wonderful thing about town can be affected. Other people had turn out to be so used to the grayish yellow colour of the tower {that a} purple tower may infrequently be imagined. The Council of State dominated that the municipality had no authority to prevent the portray of the tower.



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