Janskerk, Haarlem

#10 of 20 in Historic Sites in Haarlem
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
The Janskerk or St. John's Church is a former church in the Dutch city of Haarlem. Today it houses the North Holland Archives (Noord-Hollands archief).HistoryGerard van Tetrode donated land in 1310 in the centre of Haarlem to build St. John's monastery. Later the St. Barbara gasthuis was founded in 1435 by the Hugo van Assendelft, priest of the St. John's monastery, on the south side of this area. The monastery's church and the old Gasthuis doorway are the only parts of the large complex that still exist today. It was a commandry of the Knights of Saint John and is the oldest church in Haarlem after the St. Bavochurch. The order of St. John was disbanded after the Protestant Reformation and the church reverted to the state in 1625. The Haarlem council sold most of the monastery's land, and much of the art during the following years, which added considerably to the wealth of the city.In 1936 it became the location of the Haarlem Archives, and it is now the location for the North Holland Archives.Though many objects from the church were removed from the city by the Order of St. John before the iconoclasm, many have also survived and are in the collection of the Frans Hals Museum or the Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht (which contains the former collection of the Haarlem Bishop museum).
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  • Janskerk is quite an old church building, but not a church any longer. Apparently it hosts exhibitions and the like. On the day we were there it appeared to be closed or limited entry for some...  more »
  • Wonderful location with special exhibitions. Although the explanatory texts are dutch only, it's worthwhile a (free!) visit for foreigners as well: the oldest church, and the courtyard quiet and...  more »
  • Beautiful church, tucked behind a wall and dwellings. Walking through the gate, you imagine yourself in the Middle Ages. Church is partly NH archive. I was there now for a gig of a choir. Room fine, number of paintings. Can not get an impression of how it is as a NH archive.
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