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Description - Parish

St. Bonifatiuskerk in Vries, Drenthe, NL

MeMO institution ID and name
MeMO institution ID 78
Name (Dutch) St. Bonifatiuskerk
Name (English) St Boniface's Church
Patron saint(s)
  • Boniface
Additional remarks
Location (according to current geography)
Province Drenthe, NL - Netherlands
Settlement Vries
Coordinates 235/566A
Diocese before 1559 Utrecht
Diocese after 1559 Groningen
Parish Vries
Date of foundation 1139
Founder(s) or main benefactor(s)
Right of collation The Teutonic Knights (Vries)
Phases in the institutional history The parish church in Vries is mentioned for the first time in 1139. It is likely that there was a predecessor of this church. Legend has it that an Anglo-Saxon preacher called Wille founded the first church in Vries.
Date of reformation (or dissolution) 1598
Additional remarks
Extant memorial objects and/or texts concerning memoria
Memorial objects
Text carriers
  • Groot, L.A. de, De oude kerk van Vries (Z.P. 1976)
  • 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), 500
  • Karstkarel, Peter, Alle middeleeuwse kerken. Van Harlingen tot Wilhelmshaven (Leeuwarden 2007), 649-650

Building history

General date of construction 1100-1200
Church or chapel(s)
Name Vries, St Boniface's Church
Date of foundation 1139
Date of consecration
Short history of the building stages 1150-1200: Construction of a Romanesque tower. Restoration of the superstructure of the tower in 1769. 1175-1200: Construction of a Romanesque nave (tuff stone). 1425: Construction of the choir (with buttresses) as a replacement of an older semicircular apse. 1946-1949: Restoration of the church. Construction of the current pavilion roof (tower) and the consistory.
Additional remarks Part of the inventory is a sandstone baptismal font (thirteenth century), remnants of a sarcophagus and a bell foundry (cellar consistory), a bell made by Wolter Schonenborch (1517), a pulpit (1661) and a church organ (1885).
Burial ground
Date of consecration
Date of clearance
Extant building remnants
Additional remarks
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