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Description - Chapter

Grote of St. Catharijnekerk in Brielle, Zuid-Holland, NL

MeMO institution ID and name
MeMO institution ID 24
Name (Dutch) Grote of St. Catharijnekerk
Name (English) St Catharine's Church
Patron saint(s)
  • Catherine of Alexandria
Additional remarks
Location (according to current geography)
Province Zuid-Holland, NL - Netherlands
Settlement Brielle
Coordinates 71/436C
Diocese before 1559 Utrecht
Diocese after 1559 Utrecht
Parish Brielle
Date of foundation 1306
Type of chapter residing in a parish church
Founder(s) or main benefactor(s) The Lords of Voorne?
Number of prebends 9
Phases in the institutional history In a document of 8 december 1280 the church in Brielle is mentioned. The chapter was originally founded in Munsterkerk in the district of Dussen near Dordrecht (foundation 1306). From 1333 onwards it resided inside St Catharine's Church.
Date of transition (to secular management)
Date of dissolution 1572
Additional remarks Count Willem III of Holland took the dean and the chapter of Brielle under his protection in 1333.
Extant memorial objects and/or texts concerning memoria
Memorial objects
Text carriers
  • Joosting & Muller Hzn., J.G.C.& S., Bronnen voor de geschiedenis der kerkelijke rechtspraak in het bisdom Utrecht in de Middeleeuwen. I: S. Muller Hzn, De indeeling van het bisdom (The Hague 1915), 225, 240-241
  • Kok, H.J., Proeve van een onderzoek van de patrocinia in het middeleeuwse bisdom Utrecht (Amsterdam 1958), 98
  • Kuys, J., Kerkelijke organisatie in het middeleeuwse bisdom Utrecht (Nijmegen 2004), 278
  • Kuys, J., Repertorium van collegiale kapittels in het middeleeuwse bisdom Utrecht (Hilversum 2014), 200-209

Building history

General date of construction 1350-1400
Church or chapel(s)
Name St Catharine's Church, Brielle
Date of foundation <1280
Date of consecration
Short history of the building stages <1300:Construction of a church in the thirteenth century (choir). <1400: Construction of a side-choir. 1460: Renovation of the choir. 1417-1456: Construction of a tower. This tower collapsed in 1456. 1462-1482 Construction of the current late Gothic nave and tower. 1502: Construction of the transept, only the foundations were laid. If the church would have been finished, it would have been the largest in all of Holland. 1632: Demolition of the old choir. 1895-1901, 1929- 1954-1963, 1987-1988: Restoration.
Additional remarks Part of the inventory are various bells made by Steven Butendiic (1482), Fran├žois Hemony (1660; carillon), Pieter Bakker (1773) and Cyprianus Crans (1774).
Burial ground
Date of consecration
Date of clearance
Extant building remnants
Additional remarks
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