Grote Markt, Haarlem

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Coordinates: 52°22′52.92″N 4°38′9.26″E / 52.3813667°N 4.6359056°E / 52.3813667; 4.6359056

The Grote Markt in Haarlem with the Sint-Bavokerk. In the shadow of the church on the northern side is the former fish market. On the left is the statue of Laurens Janszoon Coster and on the right is the Vleeshal.
Grote Markt, Haarlem is located in Haarlem
City Hall
City Hall
The Grote Markt is in the center of Haarlem, with the City Hall across from the St. Bavochurch

The Grote Markt is the central market square of Haarlem, Netherlands.

According to the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica;

In the great market place in the centre of the city are gathered together the larger number of the most interesting buildings, including the quaint old Fleshers' Hall, built by Lieven de Key in 1603, and now containing the archives;[1] the town hall; the old Stadsdoelen, where the burgesses met in arms; the Groote Kerk, or Great Church; and the statue erected in 1856 to Laurens Janszoon Koster, the printer. The Great Church, dedicated to St Bavo, with a lofty tower (255 ft.), is one of the most famous in Holland, and dates from the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th centuries. Its great length (460 ft.) and the height and steepness of its vaulted cedar-wood roof (1538) are very impressive. ... In the belfry are the damiaatjes, small bells presented to the town, according to tradition, by William I, Count of Holland (d. 1222), the crusader.[2] The town hall was originally a palace of the counts of Holland, begun in the 12th century, and some old 13th-century beams still remain; but the building was remodelled in the beginning of the 17th century. It contains a collection of antiquities[3] (including some beautiful goblets) and a picture gallery which, though small, is celebrated for its fine collection of paintings by Frans Hals.

—Encyclopædia Britannica article on Haarlem, 1911, [4]


  1. ^ In 1911 the Vleeshal contained the archives; These have since moved to the Janskerk (Haarlem) and the Vleeshal today is in use by two museums; the Archeologisch Museum Haarlem and Museum De Hallen, Haarlem
  2. ^ The bells are named after Damietta, and this sentence refers to the legend of the Haarlem shield, a story about how Haarlem conquered Damietta in the 5th crusade
  3. ^ The art objects in the City Hall were managed by the Frans Hals Museum, and in 1911 that museum was located in the City hall. The museum moved to its present location in 1913.
  4. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Haarlem". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Haarlem". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.