This church is built in the 14th century, as a replacement for the other church, the old church, which is still in use, because lack of space. However this church, New Church, was marked by many fires and rebuilding. The church as we see it today is since 1650.
Since 1814 are all Dutch Kings and Queens official inaugurated in this church (it started with King William I). Nowadays however the church is used also for cultural activities, such as exhibitions, concerts and fashion shows.
The Royal Wedding of Prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta (the Church blessing of the marriage) took place in this church on 02-02-2002.
Carel A. ter Linden, emeritus minister of the Kloosterkerkgemeente church community in The Hague, conducted the church ceremony.
Royal guests, government representatives, family and friends of the Royal Couple attended the ceremony.
Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) was built in the late 14th century when Oude Kerk became too small for the city. The Nieuwe Kerk is city’s second parish church. It was destroyed by fire and built again for several times during its existence. The actual church dates from 1650. All Dutch Monarchs are coronate here, from 1814 onwards. Nowadays this beautiful church also houses exhibitions, concerts and conferences.
The church is worth a visit inside, since its interior is very beautiful with amazing glass painting and magnificent organ. The church is open every day from 10 am to 6pm.
The Nieuwe Kerk ("New Church") is a 15th-century church, with neo-Gothic elements. In my opinion it's the most beautiful building in "De Dam", but it's a pity is not a "real" church anymore, but an exhibition hall and a place for organ recitals. At least it still being used for royal coronations, most recently the crowning of Queen Beatrix I in 1980, and for royal weddings, the latest the wedding of crown prince Willem-Alexander to princess Máxima in 2002. In addition the national Remembrance Day service on 4 May takes place here, but there are not more religious uses of this wonderful building consecrated to St. Mary and St. Catharine. The Nieuwe Kerk was also a burial site for Dutch naval heroes.
La Nieuwe Kerk (Nueva Iglesia) es una iglesia del siglo XV, con elementos neo góticos. En mi opinión es el edificio más bonito del Dam, pero es una pena que ya no sea una verdadera iglesia, sino un centro de exposiciones y una sala de conciertos de órgano. Al menos se sigue usando como lugar de coronación del Jefe de Estado, la más reciente la Reina Beatriz I en 1980, y para bodas reales, siendo la última la del príncipe heredero Guillermo Alejandro con la princesa Máxima en 2002. Además se celebra aquí la misa del día del recuerdo nacional cada 4 de mayo. Pero ya no hay más uso religioso de este magnífico edificio consagrado a Santa María y Santa Catalina. La Nieuwe Kerk también era el lugar para enterrar a los héroes de la marina holandesa.
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.
The Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) is a large church located on Dam Square next to the
Koninklijk Palace. It was begun in the 1300s as Amsterdam's second parish church and enlarged until reaching its current size in the 1600s. Highlights of its interior include its huge pipe organ, its carved wooden pulpit, its stained glass windows, and the tomb of Admiral Michiel de Ruyter. The Nieuwe Kerk is no longer an active church (the congregation could no longer afford the maintenance), and now serves as an exhibition space.
Nieuwe Kerk, in Dutch, was originally a Catholic edifice, but was converted into a Protestant building in the late 16th century. There was an art expo going on here when I visited so I had to pay a few bucks, but nevertheless, it was still great to see the amazing stained glass windows and impressive altar. It is also the place where Dutch royalty are coronated, married and/or given grandiose, elaborate public displays of affection.
This 15th century cathedral ( then a protestant church and now a museum) is only new in that it is newer than the Oude Kirke which is 14th century. It is now a museum wich house temporary Art exhibits, showing in the summer of 2003 is "Land and Stad" an exhibit of landscapes of Amsterdam and he surrounding country side. Admission is 5 euros or free with the Amsterdam Pass.
The Nieuwe Kerk is in fact not all that new as it was built in the early 15th century in the Gothic style. Hence it has a high ceiling held up by pillars. The church has been damaged several times by fires but each time it was restored. The Nieuew Kerk is not quite as interesting as the Olde Kerk but it is still worth visiting. This is because the Calvinists covered over with whitewash much of the original decor of the church when they took possession of the church in the late 16th century. It is has since been restored to resemble some of its previous splendor.
The highlight of a visit to the church is the tomb of Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, the 17th century admiral which is accompanied by some over the top baroque carving. Today the church is still used for state functions such as the crowning of Queen Beautrix in 1980.
I don't think there is too much to see in the church. Anyway you pay to see a temporary exhibition of the Stedelijk Museum. When we were visiting there were just some piles of litter in the church that was supposed to be art. However I didn't feel any emotion in the art displayed, so for me it wasn't art at all. Take a sneak peak through the glass to see if the exhibition's worth visiting.
The Nieuwe Kerke or the New Church is the national church of the Netherlands and hosts many special occassions. It is situated just next to the Royal palace at the Dam square. Its a 14th century building.
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