St John's formed the northern end of the Cross of Churches of bishop Bernold. The nave and transepts, built of tufa stone from the Eiffel region in Germany, date from Bernold's time, i.e. from the middle of the 11th century. The choir was built in the middle of the 16th century. Originally the nave had monolithic pillars of red sandstone. They were already encased during the middle ages. One of these pillars was taken out during the last restoration and can be seen at the north wall of the church. The shape of the former romanesque choir has been outlined on the floor of the present choir. The outline of the former western towers and apse have been indicated in the pavement outside the church. At the south wall of the nave a series of photographs shows the church before, during and after restoration. Other interesting features are: the tomb of the dean of St.John’ s Chapter, Dirk van Wassenaer (1465), the late 13th-century painted wooden barrel vault, a painted tomb of a cannon dated 1564.
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