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The old big church, the centre of our village. Photo Contest.

The old big church, the centre of our village. Photo Contest.

The subject for this month is: "Show us a pic that tells something about the area you live and that's bike related and tell us about it". Here is my September Contest pic and story...

I took this picture this evening. As you can see it's getting dark earlier in the evening as the end of summer is near. Full moon tonight, maybe you can see it shine at the right side in the middle of this pic.

This is the middle of our village centre. The old church, we Barnevelders call it "the big church", although it's not the biggest in our vilage as it has 1150 seats and we have two churches with over 2500 places. This church is build in the 12th and 13th century, partly damaged by a big fire in 1421 and rebuild.

Just infront of the church you see a statue from a knight named Jan van Schaffelaar. He jumped from the tower in 1482 and by doing that he saved the lifes of lots of citizens. (There is a castle in our village, as I showed on some pics who is named Jan van Schaffelaar castle). At the left site you see a water ornament. This has 9 fountains. Barneveld is the capital village with 32.000 citizens surrounded with those 9 little villages. All together Barneveld has about 62.000 citizens.

In the Church is a carrilion with 48 bells. Every freeking 15 minutes they let it play starting at 6 in the morning till 22:00 in the evening... I know, it's very old fashioned maybe, but in Barneveld it's still possible to let the church bells ring for two minutes when there is a marriage and also when there is a funeral. 

Nowadays the church is a national monument.

Right infront of the church is a square. Every year at our national Kings Day the 27th of April, they organize a night ride starting about 04:00 in the morning from about 150km only showing our Village and the direct surroundings.... During the afternoon and evening there are bands playing life music on the square and they organize food and drinks and all kind of games and stuff for the kids...

Our old big church... It's the centre of our village.

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That is a great shot Gert, love the history lesson. They certainly don't build them like that any more!

Is there a bike there. Just don't build them like that anymore

Great shot and lesson, Gert. Thanks for sharing

Beautiful shot and great history lesson Gert.

nice shot. I enjoyed the reading on your own history.

Thanks for sharing that history, Gert. It's amazing to read about something like your church, and how it's been the centre of your village for 800 years, or more. Great photo and wonderful story!

Thanks Gert ... great photo and very interesting history

Great Picture and Lesson Gert ! Smiley-laughing
Now you got me curious bro.
Can you tell us what happened and how he could save those lives ?

Here is the story Arild. I made a copy from the official Village History library about Jan van Schaffelaar.

The jump of Jan van Schaffelaar in 1482

One period in Dutch history - approximately between 1350 and the end of the 15th century - is known as the 'Hoekse en Kabeljauwse twisten' (quarrels between the Hooks and the Codfish). The two parties were composed of often changing bodies of noblemen and towns in Holland and Zeeland. At first the issue was the obtaining and preservation of influence on the government and of lucrative positions in the government and at the court of the Count of Holland. However, in the end the only question was whether one was in favour of one party or against.

In the second half of the 15th century David of Burgundy was bishop of Utrecht. He was driven out of his town by the 'Hooks' local government and retreated to the castle near Wijk bij Duurstede. After this, the 'Codfish~ troops besieged Utrecht and attempted to starve the population.

Duke John II of Cleve had entered an alliance with the local government of Utrecht. He sent cartloads of food to the besieged town; foodcarts were sent from Deventer as well.

At the castles of 'Puttenstein' near Elburg and 'Roosendaal' near Arnhem the bishop's soldiers were encamped. They were instructed to intercept the foodcarts. The commander of the horsemen encamped at Roosendaal was Jan van Schaffelaar, probably an inhabitant of the sheriff's county of Barneveld.

Jan van Schaffelaar's act is first recorded in a chronicle, published by the utrecht historian Antonius Matthaeus in 1698 (more than two centuries after the glorious jump!):

'On the sixteenth day of July a certain number of horsemen coming from 'Roosendaal' captured the tower and church of Barneveld; the number of men being nineteen. Soldiers from the towns of Amersfoort and Nijkerk besieged the church. They had taken guns along with them, with which they fired at the tower. During this action four or five men were killed. The men in the tower offered to surrender but the soldiers from Amersfoort would not accept that. They demanded that the men in the tower would throw a certain Jan van Schaffelaar down the tower. Yet the men in the tower refused to do so. Then Jan said: 'Beloved fellows, I shall have to die one time, I do not want to cause you any trouble'. He climbed onto the tower's battlements, raised his arms and jumped down. He did survive his fall but was killed by his enemies. The above mentioned was reported me to be true.'

The event has always appealed to the imagination of people. Poets and authors have occupied themselves with it, J.F. Oltmans with his historical novel De Schaapherder (The Shepherd) among these.

In 1903 a monument in honour of Jan van Schaffelaar was erected in Barneveld, near the famous tower. It is a stone testimonial for his act of fellowship, which took place five centuries ago.

Wow !
Thank you buddy !
I am very happy we have come This far in our sivilization .
Have a Perfect Sunday Brother ! Smiley-laughing

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