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Old Church - Oude Kerk, Amsterdam: 48 reviews and 118 photos

  The oldest building in A'dam: the old church
by Pavlik_NL

The old church is also the oldest building in Amsterdam. Approximately around 1306 this church was devoted to Saint Nicolas, bishop of Myra. Until the ?Alteration? (the time that Catholics suddenly were discriminated as their supposed collaboration with the enemy Spain) it was called the Saint Nicolas church, named after the patriot saint for sailors (and children). Before the first church there was already a wooden chaple and a cemetery. In 1334 it became the middle point of the independent church(group) of Amsterdam, but the growth of the town resulted in more then one group. The church survived miraculously the cityfires of 1421 and 1452, but during the ?Beeldenstorm? (Statuestorm, in 1566 the start of the 80 years independence war of The Netherlands) a lot of statues and interior decorations were either destroyed or removed. It became a protestant church and traders were allowed to use the building as well. The church lost it?s important role after the New church arose and became more in the picture because it?s situation alongside the city hall (present royal palace).

Address: Oudekerksplein 23
Phone: +31-20-6258284
Website: http://www.oudekerk.nl

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  • Written Dec 14, 2003
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