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St. Jan's Tower


The Grote Kerk (Big Church), 2 blocks from our apartment here in Gorinchem, Holland,
is known for it's Gothic tower 60 meters tall.

Construction took 53 years, between 1517 to 1570, because the tower began to lean early on,
and different sections had to be rebuilt to correct the sag.

One day I will try to capture how out-of-kilter the tower really is.

But for now, it's a CLOCK tower, which I love to collect, as you know!


St. Jan's Tower


The Grote Kerk (Big Church), 2 blocks from our apartment here in Gorinchem, Holland,
is known for it's Gothic tower 60 meters tall.

Construction took 53 years, between 1517 to 1570, because the tower began to lean early on,
and different sections had to be rebuilt to correct the sag.

One day I will try to capture how out-of-kilter the tower really is.

But for now, it's a CLOCK tower, which I love to collect, as you know!


comments (60)

  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 00:39
Is this brick? All brick? Fascinating.

I know about youir fascination for lighthouses and air control tower (?), now clower tower gets added to the list.
Ginnie Hart: I do believe it's all brick, Maria, yes. I love brick structures like this. And yes, I collect these clock towers, which really fascinate me. smile Thanks for remembering my list. smile
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 00:39
that would be clock tower - i am not making up a word.
Ginnie Hart: As I often say to Astird, "I know your English!" grin
  • rian
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 00:40
2 blocks?! must be nice living so close to this beauty.. smile very nice capture too.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Rian. I just have to make sure I don't forget all about it because it IS so close, as happens so often with the things in our backyard. Thanks.
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Feb 2010, 00:46
Big Church will look down fondly on you on friday at
tick tock 2 oclock
Ginnie Hart: It will definitely see us as we leave and are are on way to the City Hall for our wedding, JIM! I like that thought. smile Thanks.
woah, this is just stunning beautiful. what a building!! very well done grin I wouldn't mind seeing the inside...
Ginnie Hart: One day I will go inside and take pictures, Charles, trust me. Astrid says we will also go to the top of the tower. That'll be fun. Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Feb 2010, 01:01
Imposing from this angle...although the clock "happy faces" render it non-threatening.

Fine image, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ray. Since I see it almost every day, I have to be careful it doesn't become ho-hum for me. smile I still need to go inside and up the tower...one of these days!
Very impressive view. Can you see it from your apartment?
Ginnie Hart: Well, not from our apartment per se, Larry, but from outside the front gate of the complex, yes. There it is down the street. I see it almost every day. I'm lucky.
I love the perspective of this shot! I love the old European churches...so ornate!
Ginnie Hart: You know me and European architecture, Caroline. Nothing like it in the world. smile Thanks.
  • margie
  • Canada
  • 3 Feb 2010, 01:52
i am fascinated by architecture. it is an art form.
Ginnie Hart: Especially European architecture, Margie, yes. For me, too. I wonder if we were architects in a past life. smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 3 Feb 2010, 01:56
Seems unusual for a tower to have more than one clock. Nice touch on their part.
Ginnie Hart: I think there may be one on all four sides, Sherri. I'll have to check. no excuse for not getting to church on time, right? smile
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 04:27
The image is beautiful with the light on the front of the clock tower highlighting the bricks
Ginnie Hart: That was an irresistible day for photos, Yvonne, so thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Feb 2010, 05:54
When I opened this I told you WOW....this is a fabulous shot of the Grote Kerk.
One day we will climb it and have a view from above.
Great light and wonderful treatment.
Every 15 minutes the bells ring, at the full hour it is a longer tune, I know because I painted a house on the inside, next to that church.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, MLMV. One day soon we'll have to climb the tower, for sure. That will be a great vantage point for seeing our city. I'll love it. And yes, you of all people would know about the chimes ringing!
très bel angle de vue!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, O-P. Merci.
shouldn't a big church have bell towers instead of clock towers? hmmm... it's very beautiful none the less, niiiiiice shot!!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Elaine...good observation. I'm guessing this has both and one day we'll go check them out. We hear the bells all the time but I have no clue what they look like inside. Thanks.
  • Oscar
  • spain
  • 3 Feb 2010, 06:46
perfect angle and light
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Oscar. Gracias.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Feb 2010, 06:48
Excellent brickwork and photography.

The tower has no vane.
Ginnie Hart: Now you've got me curious, Louis. I'll have to see if there's a vane on the other end. smile Thanks for the reminder.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Feb 2010, 07:02
Well it's certainly a substantial thing, and it must bbe quiite a ocal landmark too Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely a local landmark from all around the citadel, Chris. When I first needed to find my way home, I always looked for this tower! smile
Superb capture and great détail. Have a lovely day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Antoine. Merci. smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 3 Feb 2010, 07:09
beautiful composition Ginnie, great light and your processing is marvelous
Ginnie Hart: As always, Tony, thank you kindly.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 3 Feb 2010, 07:19
Great photo wonderful looking building
Ginnie Hart: It ranks up there with some of the great ones in Europe, Vintage. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Feb 2010, 07:39
Oh, wat voor een prachtige kerk! En een geweldige foto - taken from this angle and we can discover so many fine architectural details! Yes, the clock towers are one of your favourite subjects! Have the clocks a lovely sound? I recall some fine carillons/ chimes in Nederland! Famous is the organ of this church- and there are wonderful acustics inside so that concerts are used to take place there.
Ginnie Hart: The chimes/bells are wonderful, Philine, but I will need to pay more attention to them. I sometimes don't even hear them anymore. sad One day Astrid and I will go inside and will climb the tower. And once inside, we'll pay attention to the acoustics. Maybe we'll attend a concert there one day soon. That would be nice.
be sure to com around and collect our clock towers in Haarlem as well (check my archive for 2 beauties!)

love the toning!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Maarten, Haarlem is one of the cities we want to do a photo hunt in one day soon. I will definitely pay attention to the clock towers. smile Thanks.
I would have chosen to get the sky more vivid
Ginnie Hart: It was vivid in it's original shot, Chantal, but I did not keep it such, as you have noticed. I guess that's why we're not all the same, right? smile
The detail in the brickwork of this church is wonderful. There is so much to see ion the world.
Ginnie Hart: You're so right, Chad. So much to see. Thank God we have each other to see it for us and then show us the pics!
That's a marvelous photo!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bhavesh.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Feb 2010, 08:43
53 years! Wow. Clearly they were not interested in been a leaning tower of Pisa smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Savo. Exactly!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Feb 2010, 09:38
Oh, sorry, Ginnie: yes, I meant the 'bells', in German "die Glocken", sounds like 'clocks" (Turmuhren)! - oh, there are so many "false friends" in the three languages, related to each other, esp. between Dutch and German, probably between English and Dutch,too!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Ja, inderdaad, lieve Philine. smile
Wonderful and impressive under this angle and with this light Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Richard. It was a beautiful day...just like today. I have just come back inside after taking many more shots of this church, trying to capture the crooked tower! smile
  • theys
  • Belgium
  • 3 Feb 2010, 11:26
Very nice shot, good day.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Roland.
good photo Ginnie, no wonde rit took so long to build
Ginnie Hart: HA! Isn't that the truth, Derek. I think they finally gave up because you'd never know they worked on it. I'll show a tilted image one day. Thanks.
i love this vertical depth, a ery interesting perspective for an interesting soft gothic style church
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Fabrizio. I never quite know how to take pictures of these huge churches, but this one seemed to work.
Interesting POV you got for this, Ginnie - I'd certainly like to see a pic that shows how out of true it is. If you like that kind of thing take a look at http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobasonic/87544489/
Ginnie Hart: Actually, I was outside today taking pictures of the tilt, Tom, because the sun is shining, like on the day of this image here. One day I'll show the tilt, trust me. Thanks. smile
Great angle and light,amazing brickwork, and the treatment is perfect.
Ginnie Hart: As always, Linda, thank you.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 3 Feb 2010, 13:01
Love the details of this church tower. It's amazing how they managed to build things like that in the past. Beautiful details and light.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Frida. That's why I love European architecture! Thanks.
  • SOUL AFLAME
  • Nestled in Mother natures ample bosom
  • 3 Feb 2010, 13:48
Woinderful perspective lets us truly admire this beautiful architecture. A cracking shot, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Feb 2010, 13:51
Good to know that you have the TIME to collect clcok towers, Ginnie wink Considering the age of this, its amazing that they could build something which such grace and presence in any case.
Ginnie Hart: I do have the Time, Alan, and count myself lucky. But then, I know I paid my dues. grin Thanks.
Wonderful composition and perspective...great light!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Pavan.
You certainly have some interesting architecture in your neighborhood, Ginnie; and so much history to boot. Lucky you.
Ginnie Hart: i do feel lucky, Beverly. I love European architecture! Thanks.
What a fine tower Ginnie, amazing to find it is built of brick rather than stone.
Ginnie Hart: I wouldn't know about the brick vs. stone, Brian. Hmmm. But if you say so, I wonder, too. Thanks.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 16:45
i really like the angle here on this church. looks so high!
Ginnie Hart: It IS high, Liang. smile Thanks.
Great picture Ginnie..and the sun just catching it nicely.
Ginnie Hart: The sun was in his glory that day, Ron...and today, too, so I was back out trying to capture the tilt. smile Thanks.
53 years? Talk about patience.
Ginnie Hart: And after 53 years of patience, it still has a huge sag, Michael. I think it was just meant to tilt! smile
I like a nice bit of Gothic. This looks much more recent than 16th century
Ginnie Hart: Are you saying you're a Goth man, Bill? grin I'm sure a lot of this is more recent, with renovations along the way, for sure.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Feb 2010, 18:45
That is lovely stone work and I love the angle of the shot.

I am rather fond of clock towers myself smile
Ginnie Hart: We see clock towers in the States, CP, but nothing like these in Europe. They're mesmerizing to me. smile Thanks.
Enough to phtograph indeed Ginnie...
(almost The Day!)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Wim. And yes, as I write this, it's TOMORROW. We actually are getting everything done in good time, too. smile
  • hoi
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 19:30
Nice details and cool perspective. I like the color of the sky as well.
Ginnie Hart: The sky was really blue that day, Hoi, but turned out like this with my processing. Glad you like it. Thanks.
Love how the light is hitting just that one spot on the tower and everything else is shaded. Only two blocks away huh? WOW...you like amongst some beautiful structures!
Ginnie Hart: This is what I love about Europe, Heather. To them it's all just ho-hum, I'm sure. To me it's just amazing! Thanks.
Some fine architectural detail as well as a clock Ginnie, well spotted.
Ginnie Hart: I checked yesterday and there are clocks on all 4 sides. I love it. Thanks, Les.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Feb 2010, 22:17
Nice light on the clock. How many clock towers do you have?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mike. Hmmmm. Now let me see...I probably have too many to count, truth be known. grin
  • lasiate
  • Philippines
  • 3 Feb 2010, 22:21
Même le ciel tente de s'accorder à la couleur de l'église. Bel angle et résultat de qualité
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Lasiate. Merci.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Feb 2010, 23:25
good capture
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Petra.
That church is so massive, seems the clergy liked to flex their spiritual muscles....and show who was boss.

You've captured it beautifully.
Ginnie Hart: Can you imagine what this would look like if it were a Catholic church, George?! smile Thank you.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 4 Feb 2010, 08:45
Amazing architecture.
Ginnie Hart: This is what I love about Europe, Kanyi!
  • david
  • United States
  • 4 Feb 2010, 11:45
pretty...i like the warm light on the side of the tower.
Ginnie Hart: That light was what drew me to the image, David. Thanks.
  • crash
  • United States
  • 4 Feb 2010, 13:07
intimidatingly cool! love old churches
Ginnie Hart: I love them, too, Crash Ryan. Thank you kindly for stopping by and commenting.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 4 Feb 2010, 13:31
So majestic!! What a gorgeous piece of architecture. And - it always amazes me to learn how many years of hard labor it took to build these things. Wonderful image!!!
Ginnie Hart: The time it took to build the European structures still amazes me, Marcie. You're so right. The details are mesmerizing. Thank you.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 4 Feb 2010, 22:21
Wow amazing church! Beautiful shot.
Ginnie Hart: It really is a beautifil church, Andy...just two blocks away. I need to make sure I don't take it for granted!
  • Antoine
  • France.
  • 6 Feb 2010, 08:51
Superb capture. Have a lovely week-end Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: We did, Antoine! smile Merci.
  • Toni
  • Eastern Washington
  • 7 Feb 2010, 06:29
Fantastic architecture, lean or not. smile Great capture.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Toni. The lean gives it lots of charm...which is something I 'spect I'll need to remember one of these days. grin
Why am I not surprised smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it. smile

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