The Grote Kerk (Church of Our Lady) is the most important monument and a landmark of Breda. The first notice of a stone church in Breda is from 1269. In 1410, the construction of the church started with the choir. In 1468, the church was ready but in 1457 the old tower collapsed and between 1468 and 1509 the current tower was built. They continued building until 1547 when the church was finished in its current shape.

In 1566, the Reformation took place and the church was no longer Catholic. In 1637, the church became Protestant. The tower spire burned in 1694 and the current spire was built in 1702. From 1843 onwards many restorations took place, the last big restoration took place from 1993 until 1998.

The organ in the Grote Kerk of Breda is one of the largest organs in the Netherlands and its history goes back to the 16th century. At that time, the organ only possessed 16 stops. After being displaced several times, the organ arrived at its present location in the church in 1712. After restoration of the church between 1904 and 1956, a new organ was ordered from D.A. Flentrop in Zaandam.

The Prinsenkapel (Prince chapel) north of the choir is the old mausoleum of the House of Orange-Nassau, ancestors of the Dutch Royal Family. The chapel was built from 1520 until 1525 on orders of the Lord of Breda, Henry III of Nassau-Breda. Seventeen family members are buried in the chapel.

When William of Orange died the plan was to bury him also in the chapel, but Breda was at that time occupied by the Spanish. William of Orange and most of his descendants were buried in the mausoleum in the New Church in Delft.

A special part of the chapel are the vault paintings from 1533. The frescos are made by the Italian painter Tommaso di Andrea Vincidor (a student of Raphael).

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Founded: 1410
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Ádám dr. Ánik (2 months ago)
Very nice Church. The entrance is generally free, however during an exhibition event it is usually not. Climbing the tower is also possible if you have an online reservation in advance for 7,5 EUR.
Castellanos Jaime (5 months ago)
Beautiful Cathedral, very worth seeing. The entry is free but I do recommend booking in advance a guided tour to the bell tower for 7.50€ Very worth it and you get great views of the city from above! The guide is very knowledgeable and friendly
Josina Hillsland (7 months ago)
This absolutely astonishing medieval church is still in use as a church. Lots of people are married in there. When I was there the church was closed for visitors. Probably because there was a wedding. I would have loved to see one of their exhibitions or climb the tower. Maybe next time.
Rebecca Lieb (7 months ago)
Inspiring and beautiful, with many interesting community events.
Ellery J (9 months ago)
Yes this was and is a church but it is also a museum and city lookout tower. The tower tour is worth getting to know the history of the church, clock, and bells. If you see it only being a religious symbol you may be disappointed by the updated shows and music performed - I was not disappointed.
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