Visit the Grote Kerk
The Grote Kerk has retained its function as a church and is a busy place of worship. You are very welcome to visit the church.
Opening hours during summer season:
Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00h to 16:00h
Sundays from 13:00h to 16:00h
Thanks to a large group of volunteers, the Grote Kerk is during summer season open to the public in the weekends and on weekdays, except on Monday.
It's always possible to visit outside these dates. Please contact before your visit by e-mail or call to +31 6 413 02 314 so we can open the church for you.
Another possibility to visit the church outside the opening hours is with one of the City Guides.
Main features of the Grote Kerk of Monnickendam
The Grote Kerk is a so-called hall church. The central aisle and two side aisles are all the same length. The three aisles represent the trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Grote Kerk Monnickendam viewed from the east, with the three aisles and the tower
Due to the rapid growth of Monnickendam, at the end of the 14th century, it was decided that a new church would be built. A location was chosen on the edge of the town. This was to protect the church from the frequent fires which occurred in this historic town of wooden buildings. The construction of the Grote Kerk took around 250 years to complete. In 1644, the final south-west corner was completed. The church was built in Gothic style and this was consistently maintained throughout the long building phase. In 1572, Monnickendam chose the side of William of Orange, after which it became a Protestant place of worship.
Large windows with clear glass give the church interior plenty of light