A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
037: Der Aa Kerk
When I visited Groningen on a day in March, it drizzled all day long, but it was not necessary to use my umbrella. I was wearing a couple of shirts and sweaters, a thick wintercoat, and gloves. Many bystanders were watching me as if I were an alien. But they didn’t realize that I was used to the tropical climate in Brazil. Despite the drizzle and the cold, I really enjoyed walking around in the interesting center that exhibits many monumental buildings. Of of the striking monuments was the 76 m dark ocre yellow tower of the Der Aa Kerk (A Church). The photograph was taken from the Vissersbrug (Fisherman’s Bridge) with Der Hoge Aa on the left side, and Der Lage Aa on the right side. Originally, the chapel was dedicated to Mary and Saint Nicholas, patron saint of the fishermen. In 1247 the chapel gained the status of a church. Nowadays, the church is no longer used for services, but occasionally for events.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2010, 2017