The Remonstrants had formed a separate branch of Protestantism since the Twelve Years’ Truce during the Eighty Years’ War and by the end of the 19th century this movement sees a tremendous growth. In 1878 a group of modern, progressive Protestants in Groningen break away from the Reformed Church and call themselves Remonstrants.


After renting church space for several years the Remonstrants feel the need for their own place of worship. On 12 October 1882 the architect H. Raamaker presents his blueprints to the young congregation. The church is designed in the eclectic style that is popular at the time. The chosen location becomes available after the demolition of the medieval town walls.


With a capacity of 750 seats, instead of the intended 1000, the plans become slightly less ambitious than expected. But  building gets off to a good start and on the 11th of November the church  is officially inaugurated with a sermon delivered by the reverend Mosselmans.


A house for the verger is built adjacent to the church


The church’s original interior is replaced by a modern interior in Art Deco style.


The equality principle now begins to pervade all levels of society and it is immediately adopted by the Remonstrants. In church class distinctions disappear and pastors too must come down from their pedestal.


Towards the end of the 20th century the Remonstrant community  decreases in size and the burden of church maintenance becomes too heavy to carry. In 2004 the Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken, the Foundation for Historic Churches in Groningen, takes over ownership of the Remonstrant church.


The church’s refurbishment is designed by Japanese architect Moriko Kira.  She extends the building by adding a striking round entrance, constructed mainly of glass, alongside the neo-classical brick façade. In the verger’s house all the rooms retain their original purpose and atmosphere. The house has a 19th century ambiance as it is painted and decorated in the style that was popular at that time


The main church hall and the meeting rooms in the Remonstrant church are hired out by Bijzondere Locaties Groningen for conventions, seminars, concerts etc. The offices of the Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken are located on the second and third floor. The Remonstrant community of Groningen holds worship services in the church every Sunday morning. Would you like to hire the church for your event?  Click here.

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