Roof and tower of the Hoflaankerk
|Saturday 3 July 1999 - Our choir
sang in the Hoflaankerk in Kralingen. We did very well.
Unfortunately there were only a few more spectators more
than choir members. During the coffe break I explored the
hidden parts of the church.
In the last minutes of the coffee-break I managed to ask the sexton (?) permission to climb into the tower and to take pictures.
The poor man tried to dissuade me by telling me that it was dirty and dusty and that I would have to crawl under the church bells. But that only made me more enthousiastic. In the end I got his permission if I came by on a Wednesday morning when he was there anyway.
Wednesday 21 July 1999 - I re-visited the Hoflaankerk and got the promised tour of the tower. I was not allowed to go alone. The sexton said "It's my responsibility to take care of such requests". I felt a bit guilty because this 60+ year old man put on his overall and climbed all the rickety stairs and ladders with me.
|One level up from the square room
with the arches.
The stairs leading up to the clock and the bell. From here there are no more stairs, only ladders.
The clock is on the right. On the left a piece of the mechanism from which the church-bell hangs.
|On the way up two hatches had to
be removed and put aside. You can see it at the left side
of the ladder.
At one point you had to cross from one ladder to another above a two-storey drop. As always going down was scarier than going up, you don't see where to put your feet.
Above the bell I saw graffiti from 1902, I was so foolish not to photograph it. An empty nest with eggs had been lying here for several years.
Here you're looking down two storeys of ladders. It was really this dark. This picture was taken without a flashlight.
|The clim ends at an octagonal
balcony with pillars giving a nice view in all
directions. In theory you could climb up one more level.
If you take a ladder with you you could open a hatch in
the floor of the cupola (under the cross). But I think
tat this space wouldn't be so interesting.
Under the roof a lot of heat had accumulated so when you emerged into the wind on top it was suddenly very cold.
Here you're looking down the Hoflaan in the direction ot the Lambertuskerk. That's a Roman Catholic church (the competition). You can see the scaffolding around the tower. Once you could go all the way to the top of the tower. Ofcourse I've climbed it ...
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