Olli Thomson

Grote Kerk, Haarlem

The Grote Kerk also known as Sint-Bavokerk stands in the Grote Markt in Haarlem dominating the square and the city. The present church was built between 1370 and 1538 though there were churches on the site before this. The entire floor of the church is made up of gravestones, around 1,500 of them with the oldest dating back to the fifteenth century. The most famous is that of Frans Hals who lived and worked in Haarlem. Other famous artists buried in the church include Jacob van Ruisdael and Jan Molenaer.

Looking up you see a beautiful wooden ceiling that runs almost the full length of the church.

The west end of the church holds the famous organ created by organ builder Christian Müller and sculptor Jan van Logteren between 1735 and 1738. At the time it was the largest organ in the world with more the 5,000 pipes. Mendelssohn played this organ as did Handel and, in 1766, the ten year old Mozart.

Finally, here are a few more interior shots.


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