Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk Cathedral, Rotterdam

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Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk is a Protestant church in Rotterdam. It is the only remnant of the medieval city of Rotterdam.HistoryThe church was built between 1449 and 1525. In 1621 a wooden spire was added to the tower, designed by Hendrick de Keyser. Poor quality of its wood caused the spire to be demolished in 1645. A stone cube was added to the tower, which proved too heavy for the foundation in 1650. New piles were driven under the tower and in 1655 the tower stood straight again.This basilica was the first all stone building in Rotterdam. Many important events took place here. The last priest of the Laurenskerk was Hubertus Duifhuis. The Reformation took place in 1572 and the Laurenskerk became a Protestant church. Ministers of the church include Laurens Johannes Jacobus van Oosterzee, Abraham Hellenbroek, Jan Scharp and J.R. Callenbach, who wrote a book about the history of the church a few years before the Rotterdam Blitz. The church is still used for worship of the Protestant Church.In the Rotterdam Blitz on May 14, 1940 the Laurenskerk was heavily damaged. At first there were calls to demolish the church, but that was stopped by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. The provisional National Monuments Commission had both supporters and opponents of restoration. In particular, committee member and architect J.J.P. Oud opposed rebuilding in 1950 and presented an alternative plan which would preserve only the tower. Next to the memorial a new, smaller church would be built. This alternative plan was rejected, particularly because restoration of the Laurenskerk was viewed as a symbol of the resilience of Rotterdam's community. In 1952, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands laid the foundation stone for the restoration, which was completed in 1968.
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  • The Church is crooked but is one of the few which has remained intact after the war so a very nice piece of history
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  • Part called the Sint Laurenskerk, also 'Grote Kerk' (Church). The reviews to the Church, see the entry of Sint Laurenskerk, that are more informative than this entry. Actually it's a duplicate entry.
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  • this is a church not too ornate which can be over-powering..infact. it is more like a charming parish church but on a much larger scale..much history wonderful organs,( more than one)... a very beauti...  more »
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  • Beautiful church. Also attracts tourists. Worth a visit
  • Very beautiful from both the inside and outside! There is a small entrance fee of 2 euros.
  • Sole surviving building of the 1940 bombardment, this church in the old heart of Rotterdam is a monument. Also a place where exhibitions and concerts are organized.
  • Beautiful church. An iconic statue of Erasmus standing right in front of the church. You can reach it by walking from the rotterdam station.
  • The church was built between 1449 and 1525. In 1621 a wooden spire was added to the tower, designed by Hendrick de Keyser. Poor quality of its wood caused the spire to be demolished in 1645. A stone cube was added to the tower, which proved too heavy for the foundation in 1650. New piles were driven under the tower and in 1655 the tower stood straight again.

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