On one of our late afternoon strolls we discovered by chance the Post-Horn Church (Posthoornkerk) as it was beautifully bathed in the evening sun.
The twin-towered church is one of 6 churches in Amsterdam which was built after designs of the dutch architect P.J.H. Cuypers.
Construction on the neo-Gothic church started in 1860. As the church is completely surrounded by high houses, it was built much taller than normal.
The Post-Horn Church is located in Amsterdam's busy city centre. It can be found near the western end of the street Haarlemmerstraat only a few minutes west of the Central Railway Station.
Address: Post-Horn Church, Haarlemmerstraat 124, 1013 EH Amsterdam
In 1665 the order to design a new church was given, because the excisting wooden building became far to small. Daniel Stalpaard came up with the overall layout Adriaan Dortsman worked out the details.
The basis is a four-legged Greek cross with four additional lower sections at each corner.
The location was chosen for its accessibility, both by land and over water.
2192 wooden pools were necessary and to ensure a constant groundwater level the walls of the church extend 4 meters into the ground. The construction was completed in 1671.
The Duif (Dove) Church is located at the Prinsengracht and is easily overlooked.
The history of the building goes back to 1796 when the construction of the Sint-Willibrorduskerk church started. This Catholic church replaced the old Het Vrededuifje (Peace Dove) Church from the nearby Kerkstraat (Church street). The space at the canal became available when the former sugar factory Het Fortuyn burned down. The new church became known as De Duif; in which the locals still honoured the old church.
In 1858 a new Duif church was build designed by architect Theo Molkenboer. Nowadays the building is a National monument.
Since 1974 there are ecumenism services on Sundays. Also the building is used for musical events and concerts.
The Amstelkerk was build as a temporary wooden church for the new citizens who moved to the new canal belt part around 1670.
The design was by city architect Daniël Stalpaert, but it was classified by the visitors as the barn, due to the simple construction. There were plans to replace the wooden building by a stone one, but those plans never materialized. So, in 1840 the interior was changed into a neo-gothic style.
The church was bought by the City Restoration Office to house their mean office.
The main hall is open for wedding and receptions. Also some orchestra use the room for rehearsals.
Adres: Amstelveld 10, 1017 JD Amsterdam
If you are walking along De Wallen (the red light district) and going at the end of it leading to Amsterdam Centraal Station, you would notice a Church just beside the street along Prins Hendrikkade which is called the Basilica of Sain Nicolas (Basiliek van de Heilige Nicolaas) which is the main Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam and quite ironic as it lies so near the red light district. Roman Catholics are a minority in The Netherlands. The Basilica is open both for tourists and pilgrims but you need to pay 2 euros to enter inside if a tourist and free if you are attending catholic mass.
Monday and Saturday
12:00 to 15:00 hrs
Tuesday / Friday
11:00 to 16:00 hrs
The history of the Sint Olafskapel goes back to 1440, when a first chapel was constructed at one of Amsterdam's city gate, the Sint Olofspoort. In the century thereafter the chapel was altered and extended several times. Ater the "beeldenstorm" the building was home to merchant exchange.
In 1602 the building became a Reformed church, which was reconstructed in 1644 into the present building.
The original wooden tower build in 1543, was destroyed by fire in 1820. The last church service was held in 1912. Hereafter the building was used for several different things. In 1964 it was closed due to danger of collapse and in 1966 a fire destroyed most of the building.
In 1991 a restoration was started. Nowadays the building is in use as a congress room or wedding location of the adjacent Barbizon hotel.
Now deconsecrated, Posthoornkerk is now used for special events, such as concerts and conferences. The church was built in 1863 in a neo-Gothic style, and its tall spires can be seen from afar. I was not able to visit the interior, but photos posted online show a lofty interior with beautiful Gothic details.