24
Jul
09

Dom Tower

Hey everyone,
Hope everyone’s summer is going well. I wanted to post a little bit about a cathedral tower i visited in Utrecht during my trip to Europe. The Dom Tower is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands. Built in the 1300s, this Gothic styled tower was to be the focal point of the city. Attached to the Dom Tower was the Cathedral of St. Martin.
Cathedral of St. MartinBut because of unfinished construction in 1674, the unfinished nave collapsed and set the tower apart from the cathedral. I went on this tour which takes you up the entire tower consisting of 465 steps. Throughout the tower, there were several atriums for the members of the church and a room where they housed the bells that are still rung today by the Utrecht Klokkenluiders Gilde.

DSC_0094 Bells in Domtoren Tower

Near the top, we reached the grand carillon, a huge wooden structure that houses a series of bells strung onto keys which play like a piano. Unfortunately, the carillon had been broken for a few weeks so we weren’t allowed to see or hear it in action.

Grand Carillon

After reaching the top, the view of Utrecht and the Netherlands was breathtaking. Besides the amazing view, I took notice to the pattern and system of the surrounding land. This view was an incredible way to understand why the buildings and houses were positioned the way they were. It showed distinctive patterns and circulations around what was probably viewed as essential elements to the city. Here are a few photo merged shots in which i hope to have captured at least a little bit of the city pattern.

utrecht panorama 1 utrecht panorama 2

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3 Responses to “Dom Tower”


  1. 1 Kai Gutschow
    2009/07/24 at 4:26 pm

    Did you visit any other great architecture in Utrecht? Anything modern?
    One of the world’s most famous houses (at least for architects) is in Utrecht, Gerrit Rietveld’s “Shroder House,” (1924). It is perhaps the very best example of De Stijl architecture that was built. The De Stijl group of Dutch artists (founded 1917) tried to institute a totally new spatial paradigm into all the arts (you probably know the look of a Mondrian painting, he was a friend of Rietveld’s). Rietveld transfered the new theory of space into furniture making (Rietveld was a cabinet maker by trade), and eventually into architecture in this house. He wanted to “destroy the box” that is architecture, to have free flowing space all through the house, and to the outside, and made use of movable partitions, special windows, balconies, etc., to achieve this affect. Color was also a very important aspect to his thinking about space and structure. The house is now a museum, I believe. See: http://www.galinsky.com/buildings/schroder/index.htm.
    (Also, please sign your posts with your name, so those of us not (yet) in the know can follow who is posting… though I think we will soon be upgrading our site so that everyone gets a personal login address).

  2. 2 cmuarch2013student
    2009/07/24 at 8:13 pm

    Whoops, sorry Kai, i forgot to leave my name at the end. Yeah, i really wanted to kick myself after because i forgot about the Shroder House. My cousins were taking us around and they already had everything planned. Hopefully the next time i go back ill get to see it.

    Johnson

  3. 2009/07/26 at 10:21 am

    hey pun, really nice cathedral! on an architecturally perhaps not so related note, churches have really great acoustics! (building acoustics related i guess). early music of the medieval and early renaissance were composed with polyphonic tunes to harmoniously integrate the series of tunes carried by the different parts of a choir to result in an uninterrupted tune actually consisting of layers of melodies and harmonies. just thought it might be a great thing to share if one were to enter once of these magnificent European pieces of architecture, built as highly as humanly possible during those ages to “reach the heavens” and “touch God”.


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