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Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam: 46 reviews and 72 photos

  The New church remarkable without a tower
by Pavlik_NL

As said, the population of Amsterdam grew fast and the old church was not enough anymore to coop with the amount of citizens. In 1408, the bishop of ?Utrecht? ordered a new church to be built. The new church was already being built from 1380, but was now planned bigger. It got the official devotion to ?Our Dear Lady? (Maria) and also to the holy Catharina. Influences of gothic styles merged in later building decades with renaissance. The cityfires of 1421 and 1452 delayed the work very much. Several parts had to be rebuilt after being damaged to much. Note that the church does not have a tower. There is a fundament, but after the ?Alteration? and the fading religious glory, the city government was not at all allowing a tower ? higher then the cityhall itself ? to be built here. The Catholic names also faded in the time after the Protestantism took over. Only in the 17th century work was ? more or less ? finished on the New Church. The cityfire in 1645 was catastrophic for the church and therefore it took so long to finish the job at hand. Now-a-days, the new church is the place where our royal family holds it?s most prestigious marriages and ? her new kings and queens are crowned before the watchful eye of the people, the church and God. The church is open to public, but - when there are expositions - there an entrance-fee asked to enter.

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  • Written Dec 14, 2003
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