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The Juliana Church

The Dutch governmental city of The Hague became soon after the Reformation a center for all those who had chosen for the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. The Roman Catholic magistrates of the day were not happy with that and several Reformed preachers were put in prison, and some even killed.

The whole situation changed when the House of Orange and its advisors decided that the leadership of the country had to be founded in The Hague.

Prince Maurits gave the Reformed Churches a boost in 1617 when he turned himself against the Remonstrants. After 1685 came many Hugenots from France and started a new life in The Hague.

Many churches were built, but in the past thirty years many of them have been closed, sold, broken down or even replaced by a mosque.

The Juliana Church is one of the latest victims. It is a big church, built in 1925 by the Reformed State Churches. As a young member of a choir, I once sang there on a Christmas morning. I made the drawing during the war, in 1943. It was used for picture-postcards. The Christian school was next door.

The remnants of three churches still went to the Juliana Church; only about twenty people, till the doors were closed. There is nobody left to pay the bills. ❖

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J. P. de Klerk is a journalist and author from the Protestant Reformed Church of New Zealand.