THE NETHERLANDS – Manifesto on danger to iconic churches

Structural lack of conservation budget

Amsterdam - The conservation of large, iconic Dutch churches is under pressure. For the third year running, there is a lack of government subsidies for the conservation of these national monuments, members of the Grote Kerken Overleg write in a manifest presented to the House of Representatives.

The manifest was written by representatives of the Der Aa-church in Groningen, the Grote Kerk Breda, the Grote Kerk Naarden, the Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam and the Oude Kerk Amsterdam. They warn that large churches are structually overlooked in the current criteria for the distribution of government subsidies. The manifest was co-signed by representatives of the Eusebiuskerk in Arnhem, the Grote Kerk Den Haag, Laurenskerk Rotterdam, Pieterskerk Leiden and Westerkerk Amsterdam.

Read the full article in Dutch here.