The Grote Markt in Haarlem is dominated by the Grote Kerk or Sint Bavokerk. There has been a church on the site since at least the 13th century but this particular church dates mostly to the 15th and 15th centuries. Franz Hals and the van Ruisdals are buried beneath the floor of the church, among other Haarlem worthies.

The interior of the Grote Kerk is impressive, the two standout features being the beautiful wooden ceiling and the magnificent organ. The organ was originally built in the 1730’s and was at the time the biggest in the world. Mozart, Mendelssohn and Handel have all played this organ.