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The Grote Kerk still exists and is open to the public.

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Grote kerk

  1. 9 Jan. 1877 1877
     - 2 May 1877 1877

Christianity played such a major role in Vincent’s life in Dordrecht that he often attended three different services on a Sunday, at varying churches including the Grote Kerk. An old friend of his father’s, Petrus Marinus Keller van Hoorn (1825–1908), was the minister there. Vincent visited him at home occasionally – once, on 16 February 1877, with his father – and he asked Keller van Hoorn’s advice on studying theology. The minister apparently advised him against it, as he lacked the necessary preliminary training.

Vincent often wrote to his brother Theo about the subjects of sermons he had listened to in the Grote Kerk. For instance, we know that he heard Keller van Hoorn’s reflections on the scriptural passages “I come to do thy will, O God” (Heb 10: 7–9) and “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4: 8). Vincent liked the surroundings of the Grote Kerk and invariably passed through the area when he took walks in the city

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  1. M.J. Brusse

    Onder de menschen: Vincent van Gogh als boekverkoopersbediende I-III
    In: Nieuwe Rotterdamse Courant 31 mei 1914, 2 juni 1914, 4 juni 1914 (later opgenomen in Jo van Gogh-Bonger, Verzamelde brieven, 1973)
  2. E.H. Cossee

    Vincent van Gogh en kerkelijk Dordrecht
    In: Kwartaal & teken 6- 1 (1980), pp. 1-5
  3. Herinneringen van C. Görlitz

    Brief aan Frederik van Eeden, Nijmegen, 3 februari 1891
    (te raadplegen in: documentatiemap ‘Dordrecht’ in het Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)
  4. Ad Molendijk

    Vincent van Gogh in Dordrecht
    In: Kwartaal & Teken 16-2 (1990), pp. 3-10