• Citykerk Het Steiger Sint Dominicus Rotterdam
  • Citykerk Het Steiger Sint Dominicus Rotterdam
  • Citykerk Het Steiger Sint Dominicus Rotterdam
  • Citykerk Het Steiger Sint Dominicus Rotterdam
Citykerk Het Steiger Rotterdam

Welcome!

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01openstaande deurenWelcome to the virtual tour of the City church Het Steiger Saint Dominic’s.
At various times in the week, people gather here to pray and worship, searching for God and fellowship.
This tour, with photos, will show you the richness of this church. Of course our volunteers are very willing to tell you more about it.

The church and its community
The previous church was located across the water, by the ´Steiger´ (= jetty), hence the name of the church. This old church was destroyed completely in the bombardment in 14 May 1940. The current church was consecrated by Monsignor Martinus Jansen. It was designed by Kraaijvanger Architects Rotterdam and Chris Knol was the executive architect.
The church was entrusted to the Dominicans who have been present in the city since the 14th century. Since 2014, the community of het Steiger is part of the wider Parish of St John.

Tour
02 overzicht kerkplein

 

mapsicon The tour starts at the church square.

03 convent

 

On the left you see the convent Peter of Verona, residence of Dominican priests.
04 wapen Dominicanen

 

On the wall is the coat of arms of the Dominicans: Laudare, Benedicere, Predicare – Praising, Blessing, Preaching.
05 ijzeren deur

 

On the left of the current main entrance, a little bit back, there´s a beautiful door made of iron and steel. It originally served as a passage outside the church hall to the baptismal chapel for the children to be baptised
It is not being used as such anymore.
06 hoeksteen van de kerk

 

On the left of the wooden doors, on the corner, is the cornerstone of the church. This stone was put in as the first stone on the 2 May 1959 bearing the words: ‘Anyone who trusts in Him, will never be disgraced (1 Peter 2).
07b Dominicus07a mozaiek Jezus

 

To the left and the right of the big doors are two mosaics (by Theo Mols): Dominic and Jesus.
08 fries voorgevel

 

On the frieze on the front are domini canes, the ‘dogs of the Lord’ (by Pim van Moorsel and Albert Termote). The Dominicans bring the sheep to the safe sheep pen. The slats between the sheep and the dogs represent the doors to the sheep pen.
09b fries klokkentoren_3

 

On the right you can see the bell tower: on the frieze are birds; the bells (Maria, Dominicus, Ludovicus Bertrandus) of the Steiger are harmonized to the bells of the Laurens church.
mapsicon After this view at the outside of the church it’s time to go inside. Please come in!
The entry is on the side at the right. Upon stepping inside, please open the very first door on the right to enter the chapel of Mary.
10b Mariabeeld_2

 

Here you will find the statue of Mary, patroness of the city of Rotterdam (by Gerard Heman). Mary protects the city under her wide robe. The statue is a gift from bargemen That’s why we see Mary from the River Nieuwe Maas. You can see the Euromast, the ‘Witte Huis’ (= White House), the bell tower of the Laurens church, the Oostmolen (windmill) and the Maastunnel (tunnel under the river Nieuwe Maas).

mapsicon Please leave the Chapel of Mary.

11 de kraai

 

You can see a mosaic on the right of the outside door in the small hallway (by Theo Mols). It is an image of the name of the architect’s firm Kraaijvanger (= ‘catcher of crows’): the crow is being caught.

mapsicon We now enter the church hall. Please stand in front of the glass doors, facing the altar to continue the tour.

18a altaar

 

Behind the altar there’s a barren wall: the empty space symbolizes the Undepictable. God can be experienced without having an image. You´ll be able to see the altar nearer by in a moment.
When you look up, you´ll see a strip of daylight. The architect has lifted the roof a little!

mapsicon We continue our way along the right wall of the church hall.

14a biechtstoel de verloren zoon14b biechtstoel verzoening There are two mosaics (by Theo Mols) on the confessionals: on the right the joyful welcoming of the prodigal son; on the left celebrating reconciliation.
15 wijdingssteen_bew

 

At several places on the church walls there are consecration stones: at these 12 locations, the church has been consecrated. The 12 stones represent the 12 gates of Jerusalem and the names of the 12 apostles (Matthias replacing Judas), adorned by rock crystal facets in front of gem coloured foil, reflecting the gem adorned gates of Jerusalem.
16 beeld H. Johannes

 

Below the organ is a wooden sculpture of Saint John the Evangelist (by Omer Gielliet). He is represented by an eagle, with a beautiful wing and an ascetic appearance.
17 orgel

 

The organ (by Jos H. Vermeulen) is electro-pneumatic, without a swell-box. The location, suspended on the right side wall, is quite rare. The two protruding trombones are also quite special. It counts 29 registers. There’s a console with two manuals and a pedal below. This lay-out enables direct contact between the organ player and other people present while accompanying services.
18c kruisbeeld Lam Gods18c kruisbeeld Christus

 

The big altar is made of Pierre de Vinalmont limestone; on the altar a cross (by Jan Noyens) with on one side the body of Christ and on the other side the Lamb of God.
19 raam het Nieuwe Jeruzalem

 

The side window (by Berend Hendriks) next to the organ represents the new Jerusalem, made of glass–in– concrete. You might recognize the outline of the central canal area of Amsterdam in it... the new ‘Mokum’ (Mokum is a Yiddish word for ‘safe Haven’ and an old nickname for Amsterdam still in use).

mapsicon Please walk to the central aisle of the church hall and turn to face the glass- in – concrete windows at the front of the church:

20-raam-exodus_2You see ‘The Exodus’ (by Berend Hendriks).- the Exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt. In the middle, there’s a wall of water. Israel is crossing the Red sea to the promised land. On the left you can see the river of Jordan. From right to left, the movement of the sun, from sunrise to sunset, is represented.
The window appeals to us join the travelling, join a lifelong journey.

mapsicon Please walk from the steps of the altar to the cloister.

21 kruisjes

 

On the right, there are crucifixes with the names of the deceased.

Next to these is an iconostasis of 7 icons. In the orthodox churches, this is the wall that separates the believers from the holy of holies. This iconostasis is built up around Christ Pantocrator, the God Almighty. The three icons in the middle form a unity, the Deisis. Mary, on the left, and John, on the right, represent all women and men. They address their supplication to Christ

22d icoon Gabriel_uitgesnedenl 22e icoon Heronimusl_uitgesneden 22b icoon Maria_uitgesneden 22a Christus_uitgesneden 22c icoon Johannes_uitgesneden 22g icoon Helena_uitgesneden 22f icoon Michael_uitgesneden

On the far left, archangel Gabriel is depicted, and Michael on the far right. Next to Gabriel is St Jerome, next to Michael is St Helena.

23 binnentuin

 

On the left there’s the garden, an oasis of tranquility.

mapsicon Please leave the cloister through the door on the right and enter the ‘day church’.

24 dagkerk_2

 

This space was originally attached to the big church hall and is the place where the services on weekdays are held. In addition, it’s a venue for seminars, gatherings and meetings.

The glass-in-concrete windows (also by Berend Hendriks) represent from left to right: the fall, Adam and Eve cast out of paradise and shrub.

25a raam zondeval25b raam uitdrijvingl25c raam sturweel

In the vestry is a window depicting the tree of life.

25d raam levensboom

mapsicon Please leave the church through the back entrance into the 1e Nieuwstraathof and proceed to the back side of the church.

26 kleine toren

 

The smallest of the two bell towers of the church accommodates the angelus bell.
27b Paulusbeeld

 

On the back wall of the church is a statue of Paul: “But by the grace of God I am what I am’ (by Jan Vlasblom). The statue is also popularly called ‘Mouwmouw’ (= ‘Sleeve sleeve’).

mapsicon Please go back inside and into the cloister to continue the tour.

28_15e-statie_uitgesneden

 

Fifteen bronze Stations of the Cross (by Jan Noyens). Traditionally, there are 14 stations. The 15th station shows Jesus ascending into heaven.

Look here for all the Stations of Cross (in Dutch)

29 logo

 

In the reliquary on the right, there’s the logo of the merged parish Saint John ´moving on wings together´ (by Corrie Ammerlaan). It represents our four communities of faith each of them adding its own colour to form one parish. And all of them following the same message.
30 beeld van zwerfhout

 

Next to the reliquary, there´s a wooden statue, made of driftwood (by Omer Gielliet). You might see Christ in it, with John and Mary Magdalene, or yourself, with loved ones, tender, bonded, universal, timeless.
31a doopkapel_1

 

On the left in the cloister there’s a baptismal chapel: the baptismal font (by Jan Noyens) depicts the baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan. The pond, that links to the chapel, symbolises that river.
32 wandkleed

 

The tapestry (sister Bertha o.p.) shows various legends in the history of the Dominicans. There’s a description next to it
33 beeld H. Joseph

 

Please proceed to the back of the church hall to the statue of Joseph (by Albert Termote). This expressive statue portrays Joseph as a carpenter (dock worker) with his Son.
This is the end of the tour.

 

Photografy by: Wil Musters-Rijnders.