many churches in Friesland, the old church of Hantumhuizen is a
one-aisled building with a saddleroof-tower. More unusual however is
the style in which it was built. Instead of the more common Romanesque
and Gothic styles, this church is in the Romanogothic style
more common in the neighbouring province of Groningen. Comparted to
romanogothic churches in Groningen this one is fairly modestly
The tower was built in ca. 1200. The nave dates from the first half of
the 13th century. Its walls are decorated with niches, some of which
contain windows while the others are filled with decorative brickwork.
The two original vaults were replaced in ca. 1335 by three
mellon-vaults. The original choir was demolished at an unknown date;
the current one was added in the 18th century and given the current
pseudo-romanogothic look during a restoration in 1939-1942.