St. Laurenskerk, Rotterdam

St. Laurenskerk, Rotterdam (must see)

This basilica was built between 1449-1525 and was the first all-stone building in Rotterdam. Many important events took place here. The last priest of the Laurenkerk was Hubertus Duifhuis. The Reformation took place in 1572 and the Laurenskerk became a Protestant church. Ministers of the church include Laurens Johannes Jacobus van Oosterzee, Abraham Hellenbroek, Jan Scharp and J.R. Callenbach, who wrote a book about the history of the church a few years before the Rotterdam Blitz. The church is still used for worship of the Protestant Church.

In the Rotterdam Blitz on May 14, 1940, the Laurenskerk was heavily damaged. At first, there were calls to demolish the church, but that was stopped by the Germans. The provisional National Monuments Commission had both supporters and opponents of restoration. In particular, committee member and architect J.J.P. Oud opposed rebuilding in 1950 and presented an alternative plan which would preserve only the tower. Next to the memorial, a new, smaller church would be built. This alternative plan was rejected, particularly because restoration of the Laurenskerk was viewed as a symbol of the resilience of Rotterdam's community. In 1952, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands laid the foundation stone for the restoration, which was completed in 1968.

Why You Should Visit:
Remarkable, because it is the only remaining medieval building in Rotterdam.
Besides the typical services, there are also concerts, symposiums, workshops, expositions, and other events.
The church offers a unique insight into the Rotterdam's history, architecture, art, and cultural diversity via an audio tour.

Tip:
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.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 11am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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St. Laurenskerk on Map

Sight Name: St. Laurenskerk
Sight Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Stadsdriehoek Sightseeing Tour in Rotterdam  

Walking Tours in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Rotterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Rotterdam

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Cool Walking Tour, Rotterdam

Cool Walking Tour, Rotterdam

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Stadsdriehoek Sightseeing Tour in Rotterdam

Stadsdriehoek Sightseeing Tour in Rotterdam

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Modern Architecture Walking Tour, Rotterdam

Modern Architecture Walking Tour, Rotterdam

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Nightlife Walking Tour in Rotterdam

Nightlife Walking Tour in Rotterdam

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
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Souvenir Shopping Part 2

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km

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