The 15th-century Martinikerk (St. Martin's Church), across from the Grote Markt, is not easily missed, thanks to its lofty tower. Begun in 1469, completed in 1482, and reworked in 1627, the church is 97m (318 ft.) high from its base to the tip of a weather vane in the shape of St. Martin's horse, and that makes it the fourth tallest in Holland. Climb D'Olle Grieze (the Old Gray Man), as the tower is known locally, for fine panoramic views over the city and the low-lying country roundabout. A 17th-century Hemony carillon frequently rings out. Inside the church are 16th-century frescoes depicting the Christmas and Easter stories, and an impressive organ from 1480.
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