Old Church of Amsterdam

• Old Church in Amsterdam

Oude Kerk - the oldest surviving buildings of the capital of the Netherlands. From the appearance of the church is literally breathes the Middle Ages

Old Church of Amsterdam

The church Oude Kerk was built in the early XIV century on the place of a wooden chapel and consecrated in 1306 by Bishop Ulrehtskim

Old Church of Amsterdam

The original form of the house is constantly changing, Gothic structure began to acquire the architectural elements of the Renaissance. Reconstructions have been made already after half a century since the construction

Old Church of Amsterdam

In 1556, the Roman Catholic Church has lost all old inner splendor, falling victim to the Calvinists iconoclast, and later, in 1578 - and at all was transformed into a Calvinist church, which is for still

Old Church of Amsterdam

In the XVI century the church was repeatedly plundered, he did not survive even a unique altar painting over who worked Jan van Scorel and Maarten van Heemskerk. Untouched was only painted on the ceiling, to which the vandals just physically could not get

Old Church of Amsterdam

In 1681 the church choir was closed copper plate inscription on which reads that false religion has been expelled from the holy place in 1578

Old Church of Amsterdam

The old church was a favorite place of Rembrandt, here he baptized both sons and here since 1782 rests his wife in a small personal vault

Old Church of Amsterdam

by happy coincidence, Oude Kerk has existed up to now in the state it was in when strolling here Rembrandt. It is the only building in Amsterdam, it has come down to us intact

Old Church of Amsterdam

The church covers an area of ​​about 3300 square meters. artificial mound was created for the foundation, which is considered the most solid ground in the marshland

Old Church of Amsterdam

Roof Oude Kerk is the largest medieval solid wood roof in Europe. Estonian beams dating from 1390, considered among the best in terms of acoustics in Europe

Old Church of Amsterdam

Paul Church literally consists of gravestones. The reason for this - the fact that the temple was built directly at the cemetery, where the local people continued to bury up to 1865. As a result, today Oude Kerk stands 2,500 graves, under which there are still 10 thousand earlier burials

Old Church of Amsterdam

In the Old Church are as many as three bodies - the old body in 1658, the second, "desk" agency in 1767, and a third created by the German Vater masters in 1724 and considered one of the best baroque organs in Europe. During the restoration of the church tower in 1738 the organ was dismantled and in its original design changes have been made by another German - Casper Mueller. Musical instrument became more powerful, and was named the body of Vater-Müller

Old Church of Amsterdam

Today in the Oude Kerk hosts many concerts, ceremonies and other important events, in fact the temple is the center of religious and cultural life of Amsterdam

Old Church of Amsterdam

In the windows you can see the homes of girls right in front of the church, legally providing intimate services. Also on the square in front of the temple there is a bronze relief depicting hands caressing his chest. Who walled it in place of a pair of stones directly into the pavement - it is still unknown

Old Church of Amsterdam

In March 2007, here, near the Oude Kerk, it was a bronze statue of Belle in honor prostitutes around the world

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Night view of the old church

Old Church of Amsterdam