Friday, 18 April 2014

Semana Santa in Rotterdam: Visita Iglesia to the Laurenskerk

Laurenskerk Rotterdam

The principal organ is the largest completely mechanical organ in Europe with over 7,600 organ pipes and 85 stops. (Taken from the info leaflet inside the church)

Current Photo Exhibition of Other World Religions

History: The church was built between 1449 and 1525, right behind the dam that cut off the River Rotte from the River Meuse. This dam, to which Rotterdam owes its name, can be found in the present Hoogstraat. The church itself has always been austere that fitted a population that earned is living with fishery and shipping. The effects of the reformation also made for the austerity.In 1572 the church was stripped of the sculptures customary in Catholic churches. (Source: Stichting Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk)

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