The Grote Kerk was built between 1470–1498 by Anthonius Keldermans. It is dedicated to St Lawrence contains the tomb of Floris V, Count of Holland (d. 1296), a brass of 1546, and some paintings (1507). The mechanical clock has 27 bells by Melchior de Haze (1600s), and 8 modern bells. The tower bell was made by Jan Moer in 1525, with a diameter or 130 cm.

The two organs are world-famous. The smaller one, called the 'Koororgel', was built in 1511 by Jan van Covelens, and is built against the North wall of the church. It is the oldest playable organ in the Netherlands. The larger organ at the west end of the church is one of the most famous, significant and beautiful organs in the world. It was built by Jacobus Caltus van Hagerbeer, finished in 1645. The magnificent casework, which unusually stretches from floor to vault and makes the organ part of the architecture of the church, was designed by Jacob van Campen, a leading architect of the time. The enormous canvas shutters were painted by Caesar van Everdingen.



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Founded: 1470-1498
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands

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david miller (18 months ago)
while visiting our daughter in Holland, this was one of the places that she took us. It is a very beautiful old church!
Leen Verzendaal (18 months ago)
Beautiful place, fantastic organ.
Michael Astro (19 months ago)
Visited the church twice with an event. First was on top of the church looking out over Alkmaar. They let you walk just below the ceiling as well to see the historic paintings. An epic building indeed. Later went their for a musical performance. Great scene and well organized.
Katarina Golob (2 years ago)
It's a church. You can visit the museum inside for which you pay the entrance fee. They have a coffee bar and a souvenir shop in the church. It's also convenient if you need a toilet because it's free and clean.
Fred Wan (2 years ago)
Although most ornaments have been removed during the reformation, it still had beautiful decorations, organs and liturgical furniture. Worth a visit if you're in town!
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