The Westkwartier offers lots of churches which are worth visiting.
Reformed church in Midwolde
The interior of the church, with a Baroque tombe built by Rombout Verhulst, is already worth a visit. The interior and inventory are mostly made on behalf of the residents of the nearby estate Nienoord. The highlight is the marble tomb, designed by Rombout Verhuls. Beneath the mausoleum the visitor can also find a tomb. You can also see an oak portal and a beautifully carved pulpit from around 1711 from the hand of the city architect Allert Meijer.
Baptist church in Grijpskerk
The best-hidden church of Groningen is the Baptist church of Grijpskerk. It is a simple church hall with a red brick wall. The facades are remarkably symmetric. Because the preachers of the Baptist church from the commune Pieterzijl prefered living in Grijpskerk, they built a rectory at the Herestraat in Grijpskerk in 1890. After this they decided to move the church to Grijpskerk. It was easier for the preachers and the people who went to church in those days. They didn’t tranfer the whole building, only the valuable components, such as the two chandeliers from 1791, the minister banks and the plaque.
Reformed church in Den Horn
The church hall has an eclectic façade with neoclassical elements. A plaque in the wall has the year 1862 carved in. The interior is largely in original condition. Den Horn is a relatively young town. It originates from around 1700 along the embankments. The name Horn probably refers to Horn, ’height’ or ‘corner’. The original village was founded in the southwest corner of the embankment. In this area, in the village Lagemeeden, already stood a medieval church, but it was demolished in 1862 and followed up by the present church. Since then the village has expanded more to the west of the church, resulting in the church being separated from the village. In 2010 they began to restore the church.
Protestant church in Lettelbert
A church from the 13th century, build on a foundation of strong stones. Remains from that period can be seen in the north wall. From the inside the church is very appealing due to the simplicity of the decoration and the beautiful blue-green colour of the ceiling. Mid- 17th century, the church was finally ready for protestant services.
Reformed church in Niehove
In the middle of the mound of the village ‘Niehove’ one can find the stone church. In the north wall are still Romanesque arched windows visible. The clock (dating from the 13th or 14th century) belongs together with the clocks from Uitwierde and Warfhuizen to the oldest in the province Groningen. For centuries the church was not only visited by people, but also by storks. They really valued this and therefore in 1668 they made a stained glass showing the church with in the centre a nest for storks. At the end of the 19th century the storks stayed away and since then they never returned.
Protestant church in Tolbert
The main inhabitants of the stone house Auwema have meant a lot for the church of Tolbert. Their names are engraved in the silver and the clock. They church also includes a tomb for them. In 1815 the school in Tolbert became ruined and therefore an alternative had to be found. For fifty years, the children were having lessons in the church.
Gangulfuschurch in Visvliet
One part of this late Gothic church has the shape of a fish, and another part of the church has the shape of a ship. The Cristian symbol of the fish is also the symbol of the former fishing village. A memorial at the west part of the church tells us that the church was built in 1427.