Located on Market Square in Haarlem, this church was built over a 150-year period (1390-1540). It was called St. Bavo, as it was originally Catholic. By the late 1500's, it became Protestant, along with the rest of the Netherlands, and the name was changed to its current name, Grote Kerk, which means Great Church. And definitely not hard to miss.
Once inside, you can see how big the place is. The organ music is playing the background, which does fit the environment of the place. The choir area, which is closed off, has a lantern, that marks the burial site of artist Frans Hals.
Some highlights include model ships, a pendulum (hanging on the wall), the model of the church, and of course, the huge pipe organ, among other things. The architecture of the place is just amazing to see, and music to my ears to hear church bells in this small town.
If visiting during the colder months, the only place that is heated is the gift shop. The rest of the church is not heated at all, and can be freezing cold.
Despite that, the Grote Kerk is still very much worth visiting, for the church art and other items inside the church.
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