Grote- of St. Laurenskerk
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Church and Venue
The Laurenskerk (church of Saint Lawrence) has been seen as Rotterdam’s main church through the ages and is in the district that bears its name, the Laurenskwartier. It was built somewhere between 1449 and 1525 and is the only late-Gothic building to survive from medieval Rotterdam. The images of the badly damaged church in the Second World War and its subsequent restoration have become symbols of what happened to the city and its residents.
A visit to the Laurenskerk is a trip through the church, music and art history of this listed monument. Guided tours are available for groups of between five and 20 people while smaller groups can make use of an audio guide in Dutch or English.
The tower can be climbed in the company of a guide on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April till October. From the top, there is a view of Rotterdam’s city centre. Groups of five or more can make a reservation to climb the tower.
The church is not only a tourist and religious venue but is also used to stage concerts, exhibitions, lectures, debates, large-scale events and celebrations.
The Laurenskerk is about five minutes by foot from Blaak metro and train stations. The nearest car park is the WTC-V&D parking garage which is also about a five-minute walk away.