Martinitoren, Groningen

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The Martinitoren (Dutch pronunciation: [mɑrˈtinitoːrə(n)]; Martini or St. Martin's Tower) is the tallest church steeple in the city of Groningen, Netherlands, and the bell tower of the Martinikerk.
The tower is located at the north-eastern corner of the Grote Markt (Main Market Square). It contains a brick spiral staircase consisting of 260 steps, and the carillon within the tower contains 62 bells. The tower is considered one of the main tourist attractions of Groningen and offers a view over the city and surrounding area. The front of the tower shows three pictures above the entrance: the blind poet Bernlef, Saint Martinus and Rudolf Agricola. All three are men are linked to the history of Groningen. The tower is tilting about 0.6 m, according to reports the tower has a foundation of only three metres deep. The citizens of Groningen call their tower d'Olle Grieze, meaning the old grey one in the local dialect.

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  • It turns out that you no longer can get coins at the VVV to climb up the Martinitoren . You now can only reserve on-line. There are a few tours a day with limited capacity, so it is necessary to...  more »
  • I think there are around 250 steps to get to the top. Going up is probably not the safest, the same stairs you're going up, others are going down and there isn't any railing either, just a rope...  more »
  • Really interesting tower. The view is so nice. The bells sounds really great !
  • Great place and history in Groningen. Tickets from tourist information kiosk across the road in the square (marked VVV). Very tight stairwells in parts, but well worth seeing this tower, which when built was the highest tower in Europe.

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