Grote Sint Laurenskerk
Grote Sint Laurenskerk
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,919 contributions
Oct 2022
It almost took 50 years to build this monumental church during a time Alkmaar started to flourish as a city. Completed in 1518 the church -for almost five centuries- served as a place of Christian worship. Since 1996 no longer.

Nowadays the building is used for cultural events like concerts and exhibitions
Written October 21, 2022
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Richard M
Edinburgh, UK24 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
A magnificent building which is worth a visit. Please note that it is not open everyday so check opening times. As it is no longer used as a place of worship the church is now an events/concert venue. However the owners have taken great pains to preserve as much as possible the original appearance of the church and to explain its Christian heritage. I was uneasy though at the sight of a bar in the north transept. I enjoyed the visit but was conscious of a huge sense of loss due to its change of purpose.
Written May 18, 2023
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Rudolf B
358 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Visited the yearly Hielander Whisky tasting festival which takes place in this big church.
Great location, and one can still enjoy some of the interior like the arches, stained glass and organ.
Written February 9, 2020
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DrValliappan
Coimbatore, India6,757 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
This is a hidden gem amongst canal, boat rides and Cheese Museum. Very Antique (500 years plus) church. Excellent Architecture, with Gothic Arches and Stained glass windows. Still with regular masses at specific times (English and Dutch) for local and visiting Christians. Many tourists do not know it and stop with Kass Museum and this is right beneath.
Written June 8, 2019
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oldtraveller110
Singapore, Singapore87 contributions
Oct 2015
This mediaeval church is an important landmark in the town of Alkmaar and cant be missed. When you walk around it it is already clear to see some of its history as there are a lot of empty niches where once statues were placed. These were lost in the religious clashes in mediaeval Holland when people -appalled by the contrast between the rich Roman Catholic churches and the poverty of the people tore down statues in what is known locally as the 'Beeldenstorm' (loosely translated as 'the storming of the statues) in the 16th century. Apparently the people couldnt reach up that high as it is only the first two levels of the statues that have disappeared.
The church itself is a Flying Buttress construction.
inside the church the floor is paved with tombstones, some of which are very old.
Inside the church is also the tomb of Floris V, count of Holland, who was murdered by noblemen in 1296. The body of Floris however was reburied the next year in Rijsburg. Supposedly only his entrails were left in the tomb in Alkmaar
renaissance author Anna Vischer is also buried in the Church.
The Church has 2 supposedly worldfamous organs
Written November 20, 2015
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Sallyrb2014
London, UK195 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
There is little to see in this huge empty church. However, there is a coffee shop for tired travellers.
Written May 20, 2019
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Joanna K
Alkmaar, The Netherlands176 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
I really love going there for classic music concerts. You feel like traveling through the time and place! Also i hope you didn't miss the 500 celebration when you could climp on the roof! The view was spetacular!
Written January 23, 2019
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Christine D
43 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
Beautiful Churchill without lots of history , historicus organisatie, and culturele activiteiten. Also concerts there.
Written October 2, 2018
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jitkaavs
Camp Verde, AZ5 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
No longer used for services, it is now in the hands of historical preservation people. They have unfortunately converted it into a tourist trap complete with scaffolding to allow visitors outside access to the tower and also to the inside at the back about two stories up. The scaffolding is extremely ugly and ruins the impression this wonderful old building would otherwise provide. The inside has been converted into an exhibition hall complete with a refreshment counter and chairs.
In spite of all these intrusions the building manages to maintain some of its awesome atmosphere.
Written July 9, 2018
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Niels A
Willemstad, Curaçao67 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
I was married in this church on 20-05-2005 and still i think back with great memory's about this church Every time we go back we have to look inside. the kids love it to.
Written March 22, 2016
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