goblets from the st vitus church

These two silver goblets are originally from the Roman Catholic St Vitus church, which no longer exists. It is a miracle that these beakers have survived time.

When the Protestant faith was introduced as the official religion in Friesland, all silverwork of the Catholic churches was confiscated. These two goblets escaped the melting pot, which may well be due to their engravings: two lions, which are also found in the City of Leeuwarden’s coat of arms.

Twee kelken uit de Sint Vituskerk, Jelle Jans, 1564

Two goblets from the St Vitus church, Jelle Jans, 1564. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

As early as in the 9th century, there was a church on the Oldehove dwelling mound: the St Vitus church. Work on a separate tower did not start until several centuries later. For obvious reasons, it had to be taller than that of the City of Groningen!

Sadly, things went terribly wrong : soon after the construction had started, the ground subsided and the tower began to lean. Nevertheless, despite its serious tilt, the tower (known as the Oldehove) is still standing today. The church has long been demolished.