Parties, Wedding

Located in the fishing village on the IJsselmeer, about fifteen kilometers above Amsterdam, lies this special Grote Kerk Monnickendam. The Grote or the Sint-Nicolaaskerk is the most important church of the city of Monnickendam. The construction of the church started after 1400, on a site on the outskirts of the city. The spire was renewed in 1644.

The Gothic church has recently been completely renovated. Underfloor heating has been installed as well as other technological facilities. The church is also a beautiful location for parties such as weddings.

Not only can the wedding be held in this beautiful church, but the various rooms are also ideal for a reception, company presentation, dinner, concert or exhibition. The church also has a beautiful exhibition space that is ideal for a reception or meeting for a smaller group.


In the past, a church was not only built for praying: it was and is still a public place. In pre-Reformation times a parish church was never closed. It was a meeting place for young and old. During the floods of 1825 and 1916, the church was a sanctuary for cows and horses. Children played there in bad weather, social contacts were made and there was even trade. He was the setting for everyday life.

Times have of course changed. The Grote Kerk Monnickendam is now there for the two-weekly well-attended worship services of the municipality of Monnickendam. The social contacts are there with, among other things, the performance of the John Passion, the many concerts, the exhibitions, funeral services, the goodbye of Sinterklaas and many other social and administrative gatherings. The Protestant Municipality – owner of the Grote Kerk (the tower is owned by the civil municipality) – wants to use its church building as much as possible for the residents of Monnickendam and the surrounding area. The Grote Kerk is at the heart of the community, literally and figuratively, and it should stay that way. The Grote Kerk Monnickendam not only wants to be the house of God, but also of all people from Monnickendam and the surrounding area. The construction of the Grote Kerk Monnickendam took at least 250 years, roughly divided into six phases.


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