The National Synod in Dordrecht, also called the Dordtse Synod, was a church meeting in 1618-1619 summoned by Prince Maurits. He hoped to settle religious and political disputes through this meeting.
Both the opening and closing took place in the Grote Kerk.
The Grote Kerk has played an important role in the Dordtse Synode. During this church meeting in the beginning of the 17th century, one hundred ministers met for six months to discuss and decide the foundations of the Reformed faith. The Synod was an initiative of Prince Maurits. He hoped to put an end to religious disputes that threatened the unity of the Republic.
The modern well-known Dutch artist, Henk Helmantel, is a realistic painter known for his still lifes. He has also painted various church interiors.
The work of Helmantel shows similarity to the great masters of the Golden Age, the time of the Dordrecht Synod. During the event ‘Ode to the Synod’ an exhibition with works by Helmantel can be seen in the Grote Kerk. Of special interest is a work that he painted especially within the framework of ‘Ode to the Synod’.
There are several festive activities during the ‘Ode to the Synod’. A selection of the most important exhibitions and activities is also available in English.
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