Protestant Reformation it was named for St Vitus. It is one of the oldest surviving churches in The Netherlands, having had the good fortune to survive the Spanish invasion of 1572 and the subsequent burning of the town. The church has numerous wooden vaults that are painted with scenes from the Old and New Testaments. These were hidden for many years and were only rediscovered in a recent restoration. The church is the venue for a number of cultural activities such as organ music nights and the bi-annual Naarden Photo festival.
|Great Church Naarden|
The city of Naarden is famous for its cathedral, where the annual performance of the St Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach takes place. This musical happening is so popular that in order to get to experience this, one has to buy a ticket years in advance. Naarden and Bach are so closely connected that the whole city is dedicated to this great composer and his musical sons. This year May I was so fortunate to attend the Magnificat by J.S.Bach.My daughter treated me to this concert. It was marvellous. Naarden is also the domicily of the Dutch Bach Society and they organise many more concerts every year. My daughter and her partner are members of this society.
Naarden itself is a very old and interesting place from a historical point of view.
The history of the City of Naarden dates back to about 936 - 968.
It was then not situated on the same spot as it is now.
Due to the rising water level the city was rebuilt on a safer place.
In the Eighty Years'War Naarden had chosen the side of the Protestant Prince of Orange, which caused a massacre on the first of December in 1572. The Spanish forces killed 700 inhabitants ,men, women and children, in front of the townhall, which is still in use and is called now The Spanish House.
|The massacre by the Spaniards in 1572|