The Great Church (Grote Kerk) dates from the 15th century. Prior to the Protestant Reformation it was named for St. Vitus. It survived the Spanish invasion of 1572 and the subsequent burning of the town. The church has numerous wooden vaults that are painted with scenes from the Old and New Testaments. These were hidden for many years and were only rediscovered in a recent restoration. The church is the venue for a number of cultural activities such as organ music nights and the bi-annual Naarden Photo festival.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands

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www.grotekerknaarden.nl

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Rudolf Bronsveld (16 months ago)
Nice art exhibition and art fair.
Janneke Vanderweijden (16 months ago)
Beautiful venue, gorgeous concert!
Pieter van der Valk (2 years ago)
The great church of Naarden is special to me because years ago I attended the Mathews Passion. An event with royals and politicians and the most beautiful music ever written. So every now and then I undertake a small a pilgrimage to this 15th century church. This visit I was struck more than before by the paintings on the wooden vaults. I had not seen them in this splendor before. The light from the windows on this sunny day was perfect. The paintings were finished in 1518. They were re-discovered during the latest restoration. This is unique because much of the art in Dutch churches were destroyed during the reformation. In the middle of the church there are large mirrors that can help you to look at the drawings on the ceiling.
Samuel Gilbert (2 years ago)
Great history and friendly staff.
Eugen Martynov (2 years ago)
Recommend the tour to the tower. It is not expensive, you get super nice stories and details about the city. As well there are nice views on the area and city. It is Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 14:00 and 15:00.
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