Grote Kerk

Grote Kerk, Edam

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Climb14ers
Colorado Springs, CO1,762 contributions
Oct 2019
We were hoping to spend some time in the church. The tourist information office told us is closed at 5 but they kicked us out at 4. The church is pretty spare inside but has some interesting features.
Written 23 October 2019
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Johnny Trekkie
San Diego, CA9,178 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
At this point in my life I've seen a lot of enormous European churches...this one ranks in the bottom quartile. The exterior isn't anything shocking, and the interior isn't rich and fancy like the the others I've seen. There are some nice stained glass windows, and the wooden roof is still holding up. It a small town that probably doesn't have a lot of money to support major renovations. But the staff is friendly, and a kind older Dutch gentleman gave us a big welcome spent a few minutes giving us the history of this church...he did his best with his limited English, but was very enthusiastic in talking with us apathetic Americans. I donated a couple €, and used the WC as this is the only public WC in Edam. Otherwise its free and worth a brief peek if you're in the area.
Written 19 November 2018
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AnnaO29
Toronto, Canada153 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
One of the key sites in this town; this is a public building worth to pop by while visiting Edam.
The town is easy to visit walking from the train stations, gather a map from the city hall and you can walk around on your own the main sites.
Written 9 October 2018
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,055 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
This is a nice part of Edam which is flanked by a canal on one side and some grand buildings defining the remainder of square. This would be a good meeting place in the village. There is a cafe and other shops close by.
Thanks for your vote.
Written 8 August 2018
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robert v
London, UK60 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Big wooden roof & big Kirk but not that interesting.
It is set in this lovely town of Edam, so worth a visit!
Written 30 July 2018
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,195 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
As is the case with a large percentage of churches, this is a relatively modern version built on the foundations of its historic predecessors. Its relative modernity shouldn’t put you off visiting however, as it is an attractive and interesting church.
Written 5 July 2018
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Bernard Sanet d
Durbanville, South Africa1,549 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Interesting church with rich history.Huge church for a small village like Edam,but worth a visit if jou are in town.
Written 8 May 2018
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Peter R
Buderim, Australia2,158 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
This place has only been around since 1904 but the history of the previous church on the original spot is interesting. There are small boats hanging from the ceiling which are a reminder of the past when Marken was "living with and from the water. While you are in Marken it is worth a visit.
Written 11 October 2017
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RBCS
Portland, OR57 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
We were told by someone at Edam's museum that we could visit this church and climb up its steeple for free. A very generous staff member took 4 of us up the steeple to see the 2 bells and then outside the catwalk to see the view. The climb is precarious, but the view was amazing. Our guide was very generous with her time and information on the church. So glad we decided to visit.
Written 17 September 2017
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777sirdon
Greater London, UK400 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Originally found this seeking shelter from the rain last Summer. This time around I just avoided the obvious pull of the cheese market for tourists and likewise suggest head for this building first.
It is an unassuming building set away from the main town square. Among such a pretty town it appears almost functional but the real joy is the interior. The large space inside is amplified by a fine wooden vaulted ceiling and dominated by a large oak choir screen. Other attractions are the beautiful stained glass windows around. I particularly love the art work/displays. One work was called Abraham's Kinderen - a simple but beautiful painting of the family tree of world religions demonstrating their diversity yet critically how they all emanate from one source. In these troubled times of mistrust,division and hate a sobering thought. When I first visited last August there was a small but wonderful exhibition of the work using paper by Dutch artist Lisette Durenkamp. There is a also a small simple cafe towards the rear where you can have tea and cake with the local lady parishioners.
The grounds outside are well maintained and contain the church graveyard. It is an interesting place to explore, as Dutch grave/headstones are different to conventional British designs in marble/stone. Dutch ones can be in glass, different colours designs; many include a picture of the deceased (scanned/painted) into the headstone. It appears to illustrate perhaps Dutch attitudes to the deceased.
The Grote Kerk never appears to be crowded
Written 1 August 2017
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