Grote- of St. Laurenskerk
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Church and Venue
The Grote of Sint Laurenskerk, which is known locally as Laurenskerk or Laurens Church, is been Rotterdam’s ‘cathedral’ for many centuries. Built some time between 1449 and 1525, Laurenskerk is the only surviving late-Gothic building from the original mediaeval city of Rotterdam.
Many people consider Laurenskerk to symbolise the city’s history; in the Middle Ages people were able to buy city citizenship by contributing 3,000 stones to the construction of the towers. The images of the badly damaged church in WWII and its subsequent reconstruction came to symbolise the fluctuating fortunes of the city and its inhabitants.
Even today, Laurenskerk still has a formidable presence in the middle of all the new architectural developments in the modern-day ‘Manhattan on the Maas'.
Laurenskerk is a charming and elegant building with an extraordinary ambiance, not only visited by tourists and attended by church-goers, but also used to hold many concerts, exhibitions, lectures, debates, large events and parties.
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Things to do
The St Laurence Church, a monument filled with stories / Laurenskerk
Experience the past through the surprising design of the chapels and the stirring audio clips that accompany the tour. About 20 themes and stories are grouped around locations and objects.
Händel’s Messiah / Laurenskerk
The Bach Choir and Orchestra of the Netherlands conducted by Pieter Jan Leusink. The gorgeous acoustics of the St. Laurence Church enhance the unique atmosphere so characteristic of Händel’s Messiah.