The tower of Hilvarenbeek
Historical monument on the Vrijthof square
The tower of the Saint Peter in Chains church in Hilvarenbeek is regarded as the finest example of the Campine gothic, a distinct variant of the Brabantine gothic building style. Medieval towers like that of ‘Beek’ can also be found, for example, in Hoogstraten, Oirschot and Asperen. With its leaning spire, the tower rises far above the buildings and greenery of the village. The structure is 75m high: 40m of brick construction plus the characteristic wooden spire, with its ‘apple’, ‘lantern’ and ‘onion’ adding another 34.5m. This important monument is regularly open to the public. The tower is located on the most beautiful village square in the Netherlands: the Vrijthof of Hilvarenbeek.