Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NL-1826035, NL-1886618 & NL-1897834

One lighthouse and churches from the Netherlands.

 © 2011 TSS NIJKERK art. 018
NL-1826035, sent by Jolanda.
Jolanda said this is a card from Den Haag, to be more exact, Scheveningen. 
Scheveningen  lighthouse was activated in 1875.
The lighthouse is made of cast iron and consists of nine segments. At the foot of the tower is one house for the supervisor and four more for the lighthouse keeper. The original light rotated in a mercury bath, which was replaced in the 1960s by an electrical system. - in: wikipedia

 © Diepenmaat Uitgeverij & Ontwerp
NL-1886618, sent by Anita.
Schiedam is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. It is part of the Rotterdam metropolitan area.
The city is known for its historical center with canals, and for having the tallest windmills in the world. Schiedam is also famous for the distilleries and malthouses and production of jenever (gin). - in: wikipedia
The church on the card is St. John Church, built around 1335 on a spot where earlier in 1262 a small church had stood. The church contains the grave of Lidwina, a Dutch mystic who is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church.

NL-1897834, sent by Laura.
The church of Beek was first mentioned as a chapel of the monastery of Zyfflich in 1286, but is in fact older, the lower half of the tower dating from the 11th century. The original chapel burned down in ca. 1380, its successor was partly destoyed by fire as well in ca. 1450. When Beek became a parish in 1536 the building was enlarged twice. Although the vast majority of the Beek population were catholics, early in the 17th century, after the Reformation, the church became protestant. 
When religious freedom was proclaimed at the end of the 18th century the church was not returned to the catholic majority. Instead it was used by both protestants and catholics, until the latter built a new church of their own in the 1820's.
During a restoration in 1906-1909 by F.A. Ludewig the current apse and the consistory were added. In september 1944 the church was badly damaged. Five years later it was restored. After yet another restoration in 2002, repairing several major technical mistakes made during the Ludewig restoration, the church was handed to a foundation in 2004. - in:

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