Church and religion
The gothic Jacobus church (1506) is a real eye catcher on the Lange Reke in the centre of Renesse. A Roman chapel probably stood here before. The main altar was devoted to Jacobus de Meerdere, Saint from Santiago de Compostella. The church has been recorded in the ancient pilgrimage route to Spain. The fair of Renesse is traditionally always held on the 25th of July name day of Jacobus.
The pulpit dates back to the 17th century and originally comes from the church of Elkerzee, which has not been rebuilt after the flood. The painted iron chest (17th century) next to the pulpit, used to keep the silver supper cutlery. You can see five crosses on the ancient altar stone under the supper table, referring to the five wounds of Jesus. The organ (930 pipes) was built in 1882 by the firm Oberlinger in Windesheim. The church has five funerary hatchments, two escutcheons and 23 loose armaments, all dating back to the second half of the 18th century, which is an extremely rare collection for Zeeland.
In the tower there is a swinging bell from Pieter van Dormen from 1458 with the edge lettering: Salvatrix seculi, Stella maris succure ora nobis (Saviour of the century, Star of the sea, be our guidance). At the north side of the church there is attached octagonal stair tower, together with the other tower it depicts Maria with child.
You can climb the tower every Wednesday morning in June and also every Saturday morning in July and August.
Concerts (free entrance) in church: every Thursday evening from 8.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
The church is open daily in July and August (except on Mondays), from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p. m, there is also an exhibition from the residents of Renesse about the “Canticle of the Sun from Franciscus,” and a book and candle section in the church.
The church opens from 7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. during the evening markets.
The Dutch reformed church service in the Jacobus church is held every Sunday from 9.30 a.m.
German speaking church services: every Sunday from 11.00 a.m. (In 2014, to and including Sunday 24th of August).
Minister is P. Goodijk.
For more information, please go to: www.kerkrenessenoordwelle.nl