During the summer months, the Great Church ('Grote Kerk') in The Hague is open to the public. As one of the oldest buildings in The Hague - a wooden church is reputed to have stood here as early as the 13th century - the summer open days are an excellent opportunity to admire the inside of the Great Church at your leisure. The interior of the church includes many monuments, such as the 15th-century coats of arms in the church hall and the impressive mausoleum of admiral Jacob van Wassenaer Obdam. During the open days, volunteers are present to explain more about the history, and there is also an audio tour that leads you past the sights of the Great Church.
Building Along with the Inner Court, the Great Church or St. Jacob's Church is one of the oldest buildings in The Hague. A wooden church is reputed to have stood on the same spot in the 13th century. At that time it was a wooden chapel. Around 1420, the hexagonal tower was constructed and at the end of the 15th century the stylish church had reached its current size. Several counts of Holland, Albrecht van Beieren and Filips de Goede of Burgundy, financed different phases of the construction. The Great Church is a typical example of Hague halls style, which features wooden barrel-vaulted ceilings with the transepts the same height as the nave.
Getting there The Big Church is located in the city centre of The Hague, which is easily accessible by car and public transport. Car park Torengarage and City Parking are within walking distance of the plant and flower market. Those who prefer to take public transport can take a tram from The Hague Central Station. You will find yourself in the charming inner city in less than a five minutes.
Note: the building will not be open to the public on days that it is rented out. Before visiting, please check grotekerkdenhaag.nl for a list of current closure days