Rotterdams oldest building
The St. Laurenskerk is the great Church of Rotterdam and the only relic in Rotterdam from the middle ages. The church was built between 1449 and 1525 and is the oldest building in Rotterdam. It‘s one of a few buildings that survived the Blitz in Rotterdam during WWII. The Laurenskerk classic design is in sharp contrast with the hyper modern post war architecture in Rotterdam.
Rebuilt after 2nd world war
Originally the church was Roman Catholic, but during the Protestant Reformation in 1572 the Laurenskerk Church was transformed into a Protestant church. During the WWII bombings on Rotterdam, the Laurenskerk was practically destroyed but it was thoroughly rebuilt. After the reconstruction the church became an open church and nowadays the church is a multipurpose building for concerts, lectures, expositions, parties and church services.
Great view from the top
Within the church you can see a mausoleum for Dutch sea heroes, beautiful bronze doors designed by the famous Italian sculptor Giacomo Manzu, lovely chandeliers and four organs. The main organ with 7600 pipes is the biggest organ of the Netherlands and one of the biggest mechanical organs in the world! You can simply visit the Laurenskerk church, join a guided tour or be sporty and climb the 65 meters high tower. From the top you will be rewarded with a magnificent view on Rotterdam!
In front of the St Laurenskerk you can see the statue of Erasmus, which is the oldest bronze statue in the Netherlands. The statue of Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus was built in 1622. Erasmus was a Dutch 15th century humanist and theologian who was born in Rotterdam around 1466. Today many buildings in Rotterdam are named after him, such as the Erasmus Bridge, the Erasmus University and the Erasmus Metro line. You can even find a copy of this statue at the Erasmus High School in New York.
OPENING HOURS St. Laurenskerk Church Rotterdam
These are the opening hours of the St. Laurenskerk Church:
Monday Closed Tuesday 11 am - 5 pm Wednesday 11 am - 5 pm Thursday 11 am - 5 pm Friday 11 am - 5 pm Saturday 11 am - 5 pm Sunday Church services only
Note: The church is closed at irregular times, please always check their website in advance to avoid standing in front of a closed church door!
Guided tours Laurenskerk Rotterdam
From April till October, a tourguide will show you around in the Laurenskerk Church on Wednesday at 2pm and on Saturday at 1pm/3pm.
TICKETS St. Laurenskerk Church Rotterdam
These are the rates for the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam:
Children under 13 Free Admission Church adults age 13 and above €1,50 Exhibition Children age 13 through 18 €3,50 Exhibition Adults age 19 through 64 €5,00 Exhibition Seniors age 64 and above €3,50 Church Tower Ascent Children age 13 through 18 €2,50 Church Tower Ascent Adults age 19 and older €3,50 Audio guided tour, all ages €5,00 Tourguide per person, all ages €5,00 Exhibition + Ascent Children age 13 through 18 €5,00 Exhibition + Ascent Adults age 19 and older €7,00
PARKING St. Laurenskerk Church Rotterdam
St Laurenskerk Church Rotterdam by public transport
Vapiano Rotterdam is located in the city centre at Grotekerkplein 27. From Rotterdam Central Station, get there by metro or train and stop at Blaak. Plan your trip at www.9292.nl. It's free of charge. To travel by public transport in Rotterdam you must purchase a travel chip card first.
Parking Laurenskerk Rotterdam
You can park in the WTC-V&D or WTC-V&D Public Parking or in the surrounding streets, but you'll have to pay to park in Rotterdam city centre until 11 pm by EC card or creditcard.
CONTACT St. Laurenskerk Church Rotterdam
Grotekerkplein 27, 3011 GC Rotterdam
Tel: +31 (0)10 - 4131494
Fax: +31 (0)10 - 4130071
E-Mail: [email protected]
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