"Posthoorn Church -- 1863" Churches Tip by yooperprof

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Favorite thing: Architecture buffs visiting Amsterdam will become familiar with P J H Cuypers (1827-1921), who was responsible for designing two of the city's landmarks: the Centraal Station and the Rijksmuseum. He was a follower - and a pioneer - of the gothic revival style, which was found all over Europe (and North America) in the 19th century. It's interesting to see that Cuypers "cut his architectural teeth" (so to speak) on dozens of churches and other ecclesiastical buildings through Holland. One of his early masterpieces is this "Posthoorn Church," finished in the 1860s and still dominating its surrounding neighborhood.

Our hero was born with the given names "Petrus Josephus Hubertus" - and his father was a church painter, so perhaps his career and his fame were predestined!

The address is 47 Haarlemmer Houttuinen, west of the Centraal Station. The Posthoorn Church is no longer used for religous services, but it is still a center of its community and is used for exhibits and small conferences.

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  • Updated Aug 28, 2008
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