Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk (Great, or St. James church) is a landmark Protestant church in The Hague. The building is located on the Torenstraat, named for its high tower. Together with the characteristic Binnenhof, it is one of the oldest buildings in the Hague. Members of the House of Orange-Nassau have been baptised there. Among them King Willem-Alexander and his daughter Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands.
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.
Exhibitions, fairs and events The building remains the property of the Reformed Church in The Hague, but is managed by the Grote Kerk Foundation. The church doors are opened for all kinds of events including exhibitions, fairs, cultural events and tourism. Visitors and churchgoers can enjoy the building's vastness and the unique light that trickles through the stained glass windows.
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 Grote Kerk. 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.