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The Grote kerk or Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady) is the most important monument of Breda. The church is built in the Brabantine Gothic style.
The tower of the church is 97 meter tall. The plan is in the shape of a Latin Cross. The first notice of a stone church in Breda is from 1269. In 1410 the construction of the church started with the choir. In 1468 the church was ready but in 1457 the old tower collapsed and between 1468 and 1509 the current tower was built. They continued building until 1547 when the church was finished in its current shape. In 1566 the reformation took place and the church was no longer Catholic. In 1637 the church became Protestant. The tower spire burned in 1694 and the current spire was built in 1702. From 1843 onwards many restorations took place, the last big restoration took place from 1993 until 1998.