St. Laurenskerk (St. Lawrence Church), Rotterdam
When the Reformation took place in 1572, the church became a Protestant church.
Bombs heavily damaged the church during World War II. Only the tower and walls survived the Rotterdam Blitz. Residents were divided on whether to rebuild the church or not. However, Restoration work began in 1952 and was completed in 1968. The church is now a mix of original and rebuilt architecture.
The copper choir fence dates to 1713. Visitors can admire memorials dedicated to Kortenaar, Witte de With, and Van Brakel. Italian designer Manzù crafted the impressive bronze doors.
Church services resumed in 1971 when the Laurenpastoraat community was founded. Today, the church hosts Laurenpatoraat and Masskant/Open Grenzen community services.
St. Lawrence Church is home to a permanent exhibition that focuses on the city's history. The exhibit is spread across 20 different sections in the church's side chapels. Exhibits feature objects and audiovisuals that describe the city's past, the World War II bombings, and the church's reconstruction.
Take a close look at the bronze doors based on the theme of War & Peace, and don't miss the statue of Erasmus out front.
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St. Laurenskerk (St. Lawrence Church) on Map
Sight Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands (See walking tours in Rotterdam)
Sight Type: Religious
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