Sint Janskerk

Sint Janskerk, Maastricht

Sint Janskerk
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Historic Sites • Observation Decks & Towers • Religious Sites
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium11,020 contributions
Red tower
Jun 2020 • Friends
The red tower is very visible and a true landmark here in the beautiful and historic city of Maastricht
Written 20 June 2020
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HelenPearce
Veldhoven, The Netherlands156 contributions
Climb the steps for a great view
Sep 2019
218 steps to the top but the views are amazing The Red Tower on the Vrifhof. Church is different and may be over shadow by the basilica next door. Lots of thing to look at Old but looks modern
Written 14 September 2019
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Adventure beyond imagination
Munich, Germany14,521 contributions
Prominent tower
Aug 2019 • Friends
We just followed the red tower from the square. The church is a bit different from all others but still pretty to visit.
Written 10 August 2019
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Jacqui M
656 contributions
Challenging climb, wonderful views
Jul 2019 • Couples
The iconic red tower standing off Vrijthof square has featured in many André Rieu concerts, so it was a must-do when we visited Maastricht. Entrance to the church is free, but you have to pay a small fee to climb the tower. The church itself is worth a look around, with its Louis XVI style pulpit, murals and grand organ. Several tombstones date from the the 14th century and can be seen built into the floor. The climb up the tower is narrow and at times dangerous when several people try to pass in the opposite direction! It was surprising that safety rules were not applied, for example limiting the numbers of people going into the tower. However, once you reach the top, the views are stunning. My advice is to go early so you can get up and down those treacherous steps before the crowds.
Written 3 August 2019
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Carol M
Wick45 contributions
Beautiful views
Jul 2019 • Friends
Every visitor should visit this place. Although you have to climb a steep 218 stairs to get to the top the views make it worthwile
Written 24 July 2019
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MichaelChew
London, UK255 contributions
Ancient church in Vrijthof square
Jul 2019 • Family
The church has many beautiful carved plaques on the floor commemorating rich patrons that have died. The best part of the church is climbing the 228 steps up the narrow spiral staircase to the top of the tower for a beautiful view of the city of Maastricht.
Written 7 July 2019
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Barbara S
293 contributions
Red Tower landmark
Jun 2019 • Couples
St Janskerk’s attraction is the red tower, originally coloured by paintings multiple coats of ox blood today it is painted a similar red.
The glorious outside is a contrast to the austere, plan interior although is no less peaceful, there is a spiritual tranquility. For a small fee to climb the 260 steps on a good day you can have great views over Maastricht.
Written 12 June 2019
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Sanma
33 contributions
Out of puff...
Jun 2019 • Couples
Climbed the tower. Well worth the effort as the views were amazing. Well worth the effort. Fortunately there were not many visitors when we visited.
Written 11 June 2019
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,650 contributions
Distinctive red tower is the attraction
Apr 2019 • Couples
Sint John's Church plays second fiddle to the popular Basilica St. Servatius located beside it on Vrijthof city square. The drawing point for photographers is its 15th century red tower, a vivid color contrast to the gold and grey stone, now rather blackened, used on the rest of the church. To capture that color contrast, the church is often photographed from Vrijthof where the red tower appears at the back of the church's apse. It's a pretty picture as the black helmet roof of the red tower compliments the shape and color of the helmet over the apse. To get a different view of the red tower, walk beyond Henric Veldekeplein by the entrance door to the church. The church once had a bell that rung the closing and opening of the city gates, but now that bell, stolen in 1943, has been replaced with a gilded clock.

Built as a Catholic church in the 13th to 14th century as an extension of the basilica next door, St. Johns' Church has been used as a Protestant church since the 17th century. Stripped of its Catholic associations, the interior of the church is plain - an empty shell - a contrast to the rich decor used in the basilica next door. However, its architectural bones are still apparent - 3 naves separated by columns and arches, the wood carved pulpit, the ribbed vaulted ceiling, and the organ. This empty church is now used for functions and exhibitions. Free to enter, but pay to climb the stairs in the tower for views of the city.
Written 5 June 2019
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david n
Manchester, UK3,510 contributions
Unusually plain inside
May 2019 • Couples
We did not do the tower due to the weather but the inside was pretty plain indeed. No stained glass windows though the outside was pretty enough. the red tower was added a century after the original building - hence the odd clash of colours.
Written 21 May 2019
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