Famous church bells
If you’re in the area around 21:00, listen out for the church’s characteristic bells. Known as ‘The Damiaatjes’, these two bells ring every evening in commemoration of the conquest of the Egyptian city of Damietta in 1219. The chiming traditionally heralds the closing of the city gates, but these are long gone – so there’s no need to worry about being locked in (or out).
Dating to 1738, the church organ was constructed by acclaimed organ builder Christian Müller and was played by no-one less than (a young) Mozart! Inside the church, you’ll also find the tombstones of major figures from Dutch history including Frans Hals, Pieter Teyler and Pieter Jansz. Saenredam.
The church is open from Monday to Saturday between 10:00 and 16:00. Church services are held on Sunday.