De Nieuwe Kerk (‘the New Church’) is seen as one of the most remarkable post-reformation church buildings for protestant services ever built in the Republic of the Netherlands.
The sober, neoclassical design was built on commission of Haarlem’s city council, as a replacement for the cramped and ruinous Sint Annakapel (‘Saint Anna’s Chapel’). Only the tower, erected in the decorative style of the Dutch renaissance by city engineer Lieven de Key, had to remain.
The original chapel from 1649, at the centre of the historic and scenic neighbourhood of De Vijfhoek, was always relatively unknown. But the new church has even deserved a place in the series The Great Books of World Art. The creative mind behind this relatively small and intimate church was the famous architect Jacob van Campen, whose design was inspired on the temple of Jerusalem. This is visible in the quite harsh appearance of the façade, which indeed reminds of an old fortified citadel. At the same time, the building has a welcoming atmosphere, in part created by the many surrounding small and picturesque streets.
Now, 400 years later, the historic and monumental Nieuwe Kerk offers lots of rental possibilities for events. With its large and wide rectangular shape, barred by impressive pillars and lots of woodwork, the interior is especially suited for business events. It’s a grand setting for an intimate event, recommended for anything from a meeting or dinner to an exhibition or product presentation.
Facts & Figures
Built in 1649 and designed by famous Golden Age-architect Jacob van Campen
Max. capacity of 350 people
Central location at the heart of Haarlem
Recently renovated and refurbished.