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Dokkum

Dokkum, the Dutch Boniface-town, is also the most northern town of the Netherlands. Once, Dokkum was nothing more than a couple of cottages and tents at the crossways of some land- and waterways.

In 754 or 755 Dokkum gained significance by the murder of the approximately 74 year old missonary Boniface. It is imaginable that this was the reason for the formation of the town of Dokkum. To many Christians, Dokkum became a place of pilgrimage, with the Boniface-well and the monastery in the heart of the town as well as the church serving as attractions for believers coming to the city from all over the world.

The reformation in 1580 stopped these pilgrimages, but at the end of the last century pilgrimages were again organised, which resulted in the construction of the Bonifacepark in 1925 and the building of the chapel in 1935. The Bonifatiuschapel lies just outside the citycentre, on the spot where, according to the oral tradition, Boniface was murdered. Next to the chapel you will also find the Boniface-well and the well-known 2.5 meter high Boniface statue. The pedestal of the statue bears the inscription: HIC BONIFATIO LUMEN VITAE EXTORTUM DCCLIV HIC FRISIAE EVANGELII LUMEN EXORTUM. ("here Boniface light of life was taken, 754, here the evangelic light illuminated for Friesland"). Also mentioned are Crediton and Fulda, the place of birth and the place where Boniface was buried.