The Grote or St. Jacobskerk, currently used as an event location, is, together with the Binnenhof, one of the oldest buildings in The Hague. Presumably there was a wooden church in the same place as early as the 13th century. It then consisted of a wooden chapel. The hexagonal tower was erected around 1420 and by the end of the 15th century the stylish church had reached its present size. Some counts of Holland, Albrecht of Bavaria and Philip the Good of Burgundy, have financially supported the construction in the various phases. The Grote Kerk is a typical example of the Hague hall type, completely covered with wooden barrel vaults with the side aisles of the same height as the nave.
The Grote Kerk has many places of interest, including the recently renovated coat of arms. These signs refer to the gathering of the Knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece in the Grote Kerk in 1456. The Grote Kerk also houses other monuments, including the imposing tomb of Admiral Jacob van Wassenaer Obdam. He commanded the Dutch fleet in the 17th century.
Lunch concerts Organ play
In the months of July and August there is a play of the famous Metzler organ every Friday. These lunch concerts are freely accessible. The concerts start at 12.45 pm.
Climbing The Hague Tower
In addition to the opening of the church, the church tower is also open to the public from Thursday to Sunday. Under the guidance of a guide you climb the 288 steps of the tower and learn more about the history of this 15th-century monument. During the 1.5-hour tour, the guide regularly makes a stopover for information and anecdotes. Once upstairs on the balcony you can walk all the way around and enjoy the phenomenal view of The Hague and the seaside resorts of Scheveningen and Kijkduin. For more information, visit denhaag.com/nl/excursies.
De Grote kerk is located in the center of The Hague and is easily accessible by various means of transport. The car offers a solution for visitors from outside the city, via the N440, A4, A12 and A13. Parking is possible at the parking garage on the Grote Markt, which is within walking distance of the Grote Kerk. In addition, the Grote Kerk can also be reached by public transport. Central Station is within walking distance, but also tram 2, 3, 4 and 6 bring visitors to the Grote Markt. In addition, tram 16 and buses 22 and 51 also stop near the Grote Kerk.