Eye-catcher in the center is the gothic Jacobus church
Eye-catcher in the center is the gothic Jacobus church (1506) on the Lange Reke. Probably a Romanesque chapel stood on this spot earlier. The main altar was dedicated to Jacobus de Meerdere, the saint of Santiago de Compostella. The church is included in the ancient pilgrim route to Spain. Renesse's fair is traditionally always held around July 25, the name day of James.
The pulpit dates from the 17th century and comes from the church of Elkerzee that was not rebuilt after the flood. In the painted iron chest (17th century) standing next to the pulpit, it was formerly saved silver. Five crosses can be seen on the very old altar stone under the communion table. They refer to the five wounds of Jesus. The organ (930 pipes) was built in 1882 by the Oberlinger company in Windesheim. The church has five mourning boards, two arms boards and 23 separate arms, all from the second half of the 18th century and as a collection rare for Zeeland.
In the tower there is a loud bell from Pieter van Dormen from 1458 with the inscription: Salvatrix seculi, Stella maris succure ora nobis (Red star of the century, Star of the Sea, our help). On the north side is the attached eight-sided stair tower, together with the tower, this Maria represents child. You can climb the tower in June on Wednesday morning and in July and August also on Saturday morning.
Concerts (free entry) in the church: every Thursday evening from 8-9 pm.
The church is open every day in July and August (with the exception of Mondays) from 10 am to 1 pm, with an exhibition of residents of Renesse about the "Sun Song of Francis", a book corner and a candle corner.
Also during the night markets the church is open from 7-10 pm.
The reformed church service in the Jacobus church is held on Sunday at 9.30 am.
German-speaking church services: every Sunday at 11 am.
Preacher is Rev. P. Goodijk.
More information can be found on www.kerkrenessenoordwelle.nl