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This is one of several clandestine ?secret? churches established after the Calvanist coup or the so-called Alteration in 1578. The Calvanists were a fanatical Protestant movement who roamed from city to city under the nickname geuzen (beggars), mudering priests, nuns & Catholic sympathisers smashing papist idolatry in churches. Catholics were forced to worship in these clandestine churches.

Jan Hartman & his family bought 3 adjacent buildings with his family living on the ground floor of the canal side, he had the loft converted into this secret church. Much of the construction is suspended from the roof. The Baroque alter is seldom used nowdays as it is rather delicate. There is a beautiful organ in the church & its workings can be seen under the gallery floor. There is a room dedicated to the Miracle of Amsterdam which took place on the night of 15 March 1345 at a house on Klaverstreet where the vomit of a man with the sacramental last rites was thrown into the fire & it did not burn. The wafer was kept at the Oude Kerk for safekeeping & then lost only to be rediscovered at the sick mans house.

Today it is still used for special masses, weddings & concerts. There is a tiny room halfway up the stairs which is thought to be the chaplain?s bedroom. I really enjoyed my visit here, well worth a visit & lots to see

Adults Euro 7, Children Euro 1 free with Museumkaart

Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40
Phone: +31-20-6246604
Website: http://www.museumamstelkring.nl

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  • Written Aug 31, 2006
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