Sint Janskerk

The Sint Janskerk is one of the oldest buildings on the island, in the village of Hoorn.

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The building dates from the 13th century. In 1230 there was already talk of the construction of a chapel on this site. It is a single-nave church with a small but heavy tower on the west side. Around the church is a graveyard that is still used as a cemetery.

The church was restored between 1963 and 1969. Objects such as coins and building fragments can be seen in the space below the tower that were found in the soil during the restoration. The church is a national monument.
The church is used for church services of the Reformed municipality of Oost Terschelling and for weddings, concerts and tours.



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Map & surrounding area


Hoorn is home to fascinating buildings and inhabitants. Next to 13th-century St John's Church, you see the 'Sjouw'. This ball was hoisted to indicate to farmworkers that is was time for lunch. These days, lunch or dinner can be enjoyed in one of the various catering establishments. One of Hoorn's prominent residents was Jean Dulieu. The writer and artist is the creator of Paulus de Boskabouter (Paulus the Forest Gnome). Nowadays a Kabouterpad (Gnome Trail) can be found on the woodland side. Hoorn is truly a place for both lovers of nature and tranquillity, and those seeking action and fun - with Hessel & Tess in concert for instance. A trip east worthwile.

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