The Bakenesserkerk is a former church and seat of the local archeological workgroup in Haarlem, Netherlands, on the Vrouwestraat 10. Its characteristic white tower can be seen in cityscapes of Haarlem. The entrance is opposite the rear entrance to the Teylers Hofje.

The sandstone tower of the Bakenesserkerk
Bakenesserkerk is located in Haarlem
The Bakenesserkerk is located between the Bakenessergracht and the Vrouwestraat.


It was founded in the 13th century by William II of Holland as "Onze Lieve Vrouwenkapel", and the white sandstone tower was added in 1520. After the Siege of Haarlem when 1500 soldiers were held here before being killed by the Spanish after their victory, the church was used to store turf for fifty years. Inscribed above the 1620 doorway on the north side is the Latin text Si laudem nova qui struxerunt templa tulere cur non qui renovant et vetus hocce ferant 1639.

The church is currently in use as exhibition space for the workgroup of the Archeologisch Museum Haarlem.[1]


  1. ^ webpage for the Haarlemse Archeologische dienst

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Coordinates: 52°22′53″N 4°38′30″E / 52.38139°N 4.64167°E / 52.38139; 4.64167