Grote Kerk (Great Church), Hague

Grote Kerk (Great Church), Hague

Great Church, also called Saint James' Church, is a designated landmark building in The Hague. It is the oldest church in The Hague. Members of the Royal Family, the House of Orange-Nassau, have traditionally been baptized and married there.

The Great Church was established in the 13th century. It was made of wood. Over the 14 and 16th centuries many renovations took place and the wood was gradually replaced with stone. It has a high vaulted interior, stained glass, a carved wooden pulpit, a large organ, and escutcheons of the knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

The form of the church was initially a cruciform type. In time the two lower aisles of the nave were raised to the roof level. When this was accomplished, the Great Church was called "Hague Hall Church". It was the first example of this type of church in the Low Countries.

The church is owned by the City of The Hague and managed by the Stichting Grote Kerk Den Haag. The Great Church is available for concerts and various other cultural activities.

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Sight Name: Grote Kerk (Great Church)
Sight Location: Hague, Netherlands (See walking tours in Hague)
Sight Type: Religious
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