St. Nicholas Monuments in the Netherlands

St. Nicholas is found on city streets and various buildings in the Netherlands, showing his long popularity here. Click for larger images.

Amsterdam

Sinter Claes, one of the icon images in the Netherlands, is found on Dam Square. A wreath is placed below the tablet during the annual Sinterklaas arrival parade. The tablet has been on Dam Square since the 1600s. Originally identifying a house it is now on the AB-AMRO bank building.

Bright relief image with crozier & children in tub
Photo: Marten Mulder
Brick bank building
Photo: C Myers

St. Nicholas from the Bisschop pub, now in the AB-AMBRO building on the same site.

Stone statue with crozier
Photos: Frank van Schie
Stone statue with crozier

Kaatsheuvel: Efteling

The popular family theme park Efteling features St. Nicholas at St. Nicolaas Plein (Square). Illustrator Anton Pieck designed the original park, including Nicolaas Plein, with St. Nicholas on the gate and fountain.

Entrance arch
Photos: Otto Tewes
Nicholas with children in tub
Statue on fountain
St Nicholas statue

Haarlem

A special housing complex, the Saints Houses, was built in 1931. Each house has a relief sculpture of its own saint.

Photos: Frank van Schie

The last remnant of the Comans almshouse is seen over the former entrance. It was founded by the Comans Guild (Merchants’s Guild) in 1613. The eleven residences were in use until 1854. They were demolished in 1871.

Relief sculpture with two figures imploring the saint
Photos: Frank van Schie
Relief sculpture with two figures imploring the saint
Information plaque
Relief over arched entrance

Denekamp


The statue of St. Nicolaas with children is in front of the Heilige Nicolaas parish church.

Nicholas with three children
Photo: Freddy Bakker
Nicholas with three children

Deventer

Tablet on a house in the Bergkwartier distict commemorates the restoration of the quarter. The saint is shown as patron saint of merchants with three bags of gold; the secretary of the cabinet Kompé is shown as a speculaas doll. The second Bergkwartier image showing St. Nicholas with children is from the gateway into Prinsenplaats, near Walstraat.

Deep relief figure with gold coins spilling & speculoos doll
Photos: Frank Van Schie
Deep contemporary relief figure with tub

Nieuwveen

The Sint Nicolaas Hoeve (farm home) was built in 1858 to care for poor elderly farmhands. It is now part of a mixed-use farm that grows crops and dairy cows; the old farmhand home provides luxury accommodation for guests.

Statue in niche
Photos: Frank Van Schie
Statue in niche
Building facade

Maastricht

This tile ensemble, 1957, shows symbols of St. Nicholas on the front of a house in Maastricht. The other end has Sinterklaas’ sack.

Children in the tub story
Photos: Frank Van Schie
Children in the tub story
Children in the tub story

Utrecht

This plaque is found on a house at Oudegracht 330. It recalls a time when Dutch houses were identified and named in this way, rather than having house numbers. So this house was “Sinterniclaes.”

Sinterniclaes house plaque
Photos: Frank Van Schie
Window with plaque above

Veere

S. Nicolaes house is in Veere, in the province of Zeeland.

Nicholas with tub
Photos: Marcus Vankan
Building front
Dutch house

Valkenswaard

This bas relief plaque is on the old city hall. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Valkenswaard.

Bas relief with children in tub
Photos: Frank Van Schie
Bas relief with children in tub

Valkenburg


There is a ceramic tablet of Saint Nicholas on the well across from the Church of Holy Nicholas and Barbara. The second tablet is on a house in Valkenburg.

Nicholas with children in tub
Photo: Kerkgebouwen in Limburg
Well
Photos: Frank Van Schie
Nicholas with children in tub
Photo:Vrienden Maastrichtse gevelstenen

Street banner hangs above procession of St. Nicholas in Valkenburg aan de Geul.

Nicholas street banner
Photos: Marcus Vankan
Street with St Nicholas banner

Meijel

St. Nicholas, on horseback, stands in the center of Meijel’s shopping area. By sculptor Dolf Wong, it was placed in 1985.

Statue in niche
Photos: Marcus Vankan
Statue in niche
Statue in niche

The 15th century statue of St. Nicholas sits in a pedestal shrine in the Ss. Nicholas and Barbara churchyard.

Statue in cage
Photos: Kerkgebouwen in Limburg, used by permission
Shrine
Pedestal

This mosaic by Tom Franssen, 1983, is in the St Joseph te Meijel home for the elderly.

Panorama of children in the tub story
Photos: Marcus Vankan

Culemborg

On St. Nicholas Day, 1318, Culemborg received their lord city rights, including the market toll, allowing goods to be sold tax-free. The day was chosen because St. Nicholas is the patron saint of merchants; the Culemborg guild of merchants is named for him. St. Nicholas is shown in the guild’s stained glass window in the town hall and on the guild’s silver symbol..

St Nicholas stained glass
Photo: Jan Wasmus
Used be permission
St Nicholas stained glass detail
Photo: Jan Wasmus
Used be permission
St Nicholas emblem
Postcard: Jan Wasmus
Used be permission

Garderen, the Veluwe

The village of Garderen hosts a Sand Sculpture Festival each year. River sand is used for these complex sculptures, as the grains are angular and hold together. This sand is brought from the Alps. In 2013 the theme was “I love Holland” and Sinterklaas was one of the sculptures.

Sinterklaas Sand Sculpture
Photo: Bram van Broekhoven, BraCom fotografie, used by permission
Sinterklaas Sand Sculpture
Photo: Bram van Broekhoven, BraCom fotografie, used by permission
Sinterklaas Sand Sculpture
Photo: Arjan Gerritsen, BraCom fotografie, used by permission

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