Utrecht: small church courtyard?
January 20, 2015 10:52 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to identify a church in central Utrecht that is roughly 700 years old; is NOT especially tall or ornate; and has (or had as of the late 90s) a small inner courtyard with a simple, spare garden built around a little round pond or raised round pool. Any ideas re. which this is or where I could look for clues? I've browsed lots of google images but haven't recognized it that way.
posted by kalapierson to Travel & Transportation around Utrecht, Netherlands (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Is it the Domtuin courtyard behind the Dom tower? Google pics here. Ah Utrecht, lovely town!
posted by rumbles at 11:28 PM on January 20, 2015 [2 favorites]

Have you gone through the list of Utrecht churches on Wikipedia?
posted by neushoorn at 11:28 PM on January 20, 2015

another link to the church rumbles mentioned:
The Kloosterhof a cloister with garden linked to the Dom church

Another option would be
The garden from the former Mariakerk
posted by PaulZ at 11:34 PM on January 20, 2015

Another vote for the Dom tower.
posted by tel3path at 5:55 AM on January 21, 2015

I often have luck identifying buildings in photos by looking at streetview and the satellite/Google Earth view on Google Maps. Here is the church people above have mentioned:.
posted by urbanlenny at 8:16 AM on January 21, 2015

Response by poster: Thank you all! The courtyard is much smaller and less complex than the Dom's. More like the Mariakerk's, but I felt sure there was some kind of small water feature in the middle....

However, I suppose I could be remembering wrong (remembering that stone rose as a stone pool) because the Mariakerk is the only one with the right year of construction in neushoorn's list!
posted by kalapierson at 8:25 AM on January 21, 2015

How long ago were you there? The Mariakerk's central sculptural element was installed in 1974 and might have replaced a water feature. I've done some Googling in Dutch but can't find mention of what was there before. WHOOPS ON PREVIEW — I see you were there in the 90s. So forget this thought.
posted by beagle at 8:50 AM on January 21, 2015

My guess would be the Mariakerk as well.

Dropping two possible suggestions in case you're misremembering. Neither has a central water feature at this time though.

Flora's Hof. It's not really a part of any church, but it lies just below the Dom tower.

The Pandhof garden of the Catharijneconvent. There's an image here. But this is bigger like the Dom's Kloosterhof.
posted by bjrn at 10:16 AM on January 21, 2015

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