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Places of Worship Tour of Maastricht (Self Guided), Maastricht

Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and has many beautiful and significant religious buildings dating from the 12th century onwards. Majestic cathedrals, old abbeys and charming chapels attract people with their grandiose architecture, history and spiritual atmosphere. Take this tour to discover Maastricht's most notable churches and abbeys.
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Places of Worship Tour of Maastricht Map

Guide Name: Places of Worship Tour of Maastricht
Guide Location: Netherlands » Maastricht (See other walking tours in Maastricht)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Nieuwenhof Chapel
  • Walloon Church (Waalse Kerk)
  • Eerste Minderbroederskerk
  • Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk)
  • Augustijnenkerk (Church of the Augustinians)
  • St. Martinus Church (St. Maartenskerk)
  • Koepelkerk
  • O.L. Vrouw van Lourdes Church
  • St. Guliëlmuskerk
  • St. Johannes de Doper Church
Nieuwenhof Chapel

1) Nieuwenhof Chapel

This mid-sized religious building is a chapel built as a part of the Nieuwenhof convent. It was erected six centuries ago within Maastricht's fortified walls. The octagonal chapel, designed in the Classical style, has white walls with a tall glass window on each side. The chapel is located within walking distance from the bank of the River Maas.
Walloon Church (Waalse Kerk)

2) Walloon Church (Waalse Kerk)

Waalse Kerk is a Calvinist Reformed church, also known as French Church, which was built between 1732 and 1733 by Belgian architect Nicolas Comhaire. It is a simple Baroque-style brick building. The church has a rectangular tower with a cupola at the front. It is topped with ridge turrets with an onion-shaped spire. Inside there is a Louis XIV pulpit and benches and an organ made in 1743 by Th. Weidtmann. Today there are two parishes that use the church: the Dutch Reformed Church that holds weekly worship services and the Walloon Church that holds monthly services. Waalse Kerk is situated opposite Minderbroederskerk.
Eerste Minderbroederskerk

3) Eerste Minderbroederskerk

Eerste Minderbroederskerk translates to First Franciscan Friars’ Church. It dates back to the 13th century and is a fine example of Maastricht's medieval religious architecture. Its Gothic facade is similar to Dominican Church’s. Years ago, Franciscans were driven out of the city and the church was closed. The furniture, altars, pulpit and organ were publicly sold. The church then served as a cantonment building, and today it houses a regional archive. The Second Franciscan Friars’ Church was built in the 17th century.
Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk)

4) Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) (must see)

Church of Our Lady is a Roman Catholic church and is one of the most important and oldest religious buildings in the city. The oldest walls of the church date back to 1000 AD, but the majority of the church was erected in the 12th century. The building is an ideal example of Romanesque architecture. Its miraculous 15th-century statue of Our Lady attracts people from all over the world. Inside, the church has sculptures, capitals and reliefs, some of which date back to the 12th century.
Augustijnenkerk (Church of the Augustinians)

5) Augustijnenkerk (Church of the Augustinians)

Augustijnenkerk was built in the 17th century by Augustinians with the help of benefactor Hendrik van Amstenrade en Geleen. It has a well-preserved Baroque facade, as well as a beautiful relief of a flaming heart. Inside there is a wooden arch with Rococo plasterwork. Augustijnenkerk is situated right in the heart of Maastricht and faces the River Maas. Today it is used as rehearsal space by the Maastricht Choral Society. The church is located on Kesselskade Street.
St. Martinus Church (St. Maartenskerk)

6) St. Martinus Church (St. Maartenskerk)

The Catholic church of St. Martinus is located in the Wyck district on the bank of the River Maas. This red-brick building was constructed from 1857 to 1858 by architect R.J.H. Cuypers. It represents the Neo-Gothic architectural style and has a tower. The church boasts a 15th-century font, a 14th-century Gothic walnut crucifix and a three-manual organ from 1878. There is also a tombstone dating from the beginning of the 16th century.

7) Koepelkerk

Koepelkerk is also known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. It is a monumental Catholic church with modern architecture designed in 1921 by Alphonse Boosten and Jos Ritzen. It was completed in 1953, although the two planned towers were never built. Initially the modern design of the church was criticized by the diocese, but they could not prevent its construction. It has a green copper dome, marble altar, stained-glass windows by Henri Jonas and religious art from the first half of the 20th century. Koepelkerk is located on the corner of Scharnerweg and Heerderweg.
O.L. Vrouw van Lourdes Church

8) O.L. Vrouw van Lourdes Church

O.L. Vrouw van Lourdes Church is a modern church modeled after early Christian churches by architect Peutz. It was built in the first half of the 20th century. The church was built of local marl stone and covered with convex and concave tiles. It has a tower in the northeast corner and a Marian chapel on the opposite side. The roof is asymmetrical. The church has a beautiful Neo-Renaissance pulpit, reliefs, statues and altar, as well as stained-glass windows by Joep Nicolas and an organ built in 1906. The church is open daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. Guliëlmuskerk

9) St. Guliëlmuskerk

St. Guliëlmuskerk is a Catholic brick church without a tower. It was founded in 1955 and designed by architect Jos Mure. It has a flat roof and its facade includes five crosses. The rear facade has two buttresses, which run almost to the top of the wall. To the right of the church is the rectangular sacristy. The floor of the interior is covered with quartzite tiles. The choir occupies the whole width of the nave and has two rows of benches. The organ was installed in the choir in 1961.
St. Johannes de Doper Church

10) St. Johannes de Doper Church

St. Johannes de Doper is a Neo-Gothic church located in Limmel. It was constructed in the second half of the 19th century by architect C. Weber. The church has a tower dating from 1867. There is a statue of Mary located on the outside of the apse. The choir dates back to 1913.

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