Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam

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Zuiderkerkhof 72 - 1011 WB Amsterdam +31-20-5527987

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    Zuid Kerk

    by jo104 Written Aug 30, 2006

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    This was Amsterdam’s first protestant church, built by Hendrick de Keyser in 1603-1611. The church no longer functions as such & it now houses the Municipal Centre for Physical Panning & Public Housing. What is special is a guided tour up the tour Wed – Sat, June – Sept 2pm,3pm & 4pm this is done by students & lasts 30min. The tour takes you to the top of the tower, with 160 stairs to climb but with many rest spots. The guide shows you the clock mechanisms & the 3 bells at the top of tower. Volunteer bell ringers ring the bells & the there is a definite art form in bell ringing.

    There are great views over the city & your guide will point out some key buildings. It was rather rainy when I went up so the photo’s are a bit dark but well worth the experience. Entrance is Euro

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    Zuiderkerk (South Church)

    by Jarin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The first Calvinist church in Amsterdam designed by Hendrick de Keyser in 1603 (built between 1603-1611) - the tower was completed in 1614 only. It's a pseudo-basilica with many details in renaissance style.
    Since 1929 the church is not anymore used as a church. From 1988 used by the city planning department and for exhibitions.

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    by tompt Written Mar 17, 2004

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    The zuiderkerk as seen from a canalboat.

    The Zuiderkerk is designed by Hendrick de Keyser and is build in 1603-1611. It was the first church especially for the reformed.

    Since 1988 it is the info center for city planning and living in Amsterdam.

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    Churches: Zuiderkerk (Southern Church)

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 14, 2003

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    The graceful tower Zuiderkerk (Southern church)

    In Amsterdam there are four churches that were – of course in a town where the wealth was coming so obviously from the sea – named after the winddirections. The Southern church was built with as architect H. de Keyser between 1603 and 1611. It was a protestant church in a basilica-form and with renaissance style decorations. The graceful tower was finished in 1614 and belonged – like all other towers in town – to the city government. Reason for that was that the tower clocks were like the public watch (horloge) and the towers were also used as fire-alarm watch posts in times that cityfires could detroy whole neighbourhoods..

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    H/47 view of Zuiderkerk (South Church)

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

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    AMSTERDAM ZUIDERKERK

    While walking along Kloveniersburgwal, you see the ethereal tower of the Zuiderkerk from a different angle every time. The chuch is located at the end of the Onkelboerensteeg (steeg = alley) on the east side of the Kloveniersburgwal.
    I was standing here on the bridge between Vendelstraat and Staalstraat, crossing Kloveniersburgwal bridge.

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    Old South Church

    by goodfish Updated Dec 21, 2011

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    This interesting tower belongs to the Zuiderkirk: another former church that has been relegated to museum/event center usage. Built in 1603-1611 as Amsterdam's first Protestant house of worship, its architect, Hendrick de Keyser, and three of Rembrandt's four children - 1 son and 2 daughters who all died in infancy - are buried here. It served as a morgue during the terrible Hongerwinter of 1944-45: a famine in parts of the Netherlands that had yet to be liberated from Nazi occupation during WWII. A combination of an embargo on the shipping of goods to those regions, an usually cold winter that froze canals needed to transport critical supplies once the embargo was lifted, and flooding of fields by a fleeing German army created food shortages that tragically resulted in the deaths of many thousands of Dutch citizens.

    The building is supposed to be open from 10:00 - 5:00 Monday-Friday but was closed on the day we were by so it may have been leased for an event. There are also supposed to be tours of the tower available but the website contains no information on those so stop in and ask if you're in the area. Click here for the website in English.

    The best photos of the tower can be taken from Groenburgwal canal. This is the view that has captivated both famous painters and modern photographers alike.

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    Zuiderkerk

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    This is the oldest protestant church of Amsterdam. Build in 1614 under management of architect Hendrick de Keyser, who is burried inside the building.

    Nowadays the church is used as an Information center of the city.

    Inside the church is the grave of sculptor and architect Hendrick de Keyser.

    You can climb the tower:
    April-September: Ma-Sa: Noon - 3.30 PM (each half hour).
    Entrance: Euro 6.00 (adult ticket).

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    Zuiderkerk

    by OlafS Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    Amsterdam: Zuiderkerk

    The Zuiderkerk is one of three churches in Amsterdam designed by 17th century master architect and sculptor Hendrick De Keyser. This one is now used as an office by the Amsterdam municipality. Inside is an exhibition, and you can get helpfull information should you want to live in this city. The interior isn't spectacular; this church was built for the protestants, which is almost a guarantee for a dull interior. However, there is one good reason to go inside; the free toilet! There aren't many of those in this greedy city. I also took the opportunity to refill my waterbottle. Never turn down a free drink, especially on a hot day.

    You can also climb the tower. It'll cost you three euros. A bit expensive I think.

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    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Feb 13, 2014

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    This 17th century protestant church in the Niewemarkt area is no longer used for services, but still used as a communal information centre. It has been painted by french artist Claude Monet and (a most likely false) rumour has Rembrandt painted the "Nightwatch" here. The view of this church spire with the backdrop of the "Grachten" is iconic and used on many postcards and pantings of Amsterdam.

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    The Zuiderkerk is the first...

    by filipdebont Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Zuiderkerk is the first Calvinistic church in Amsterdam. The renaissance church dates from 1603. It has an impressive tower with its detached pillars. This is one of the most remarkable recognition points of the city.

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    Zuider Kerk (South Church)

    by Martin_S. Written Dec 19, 2006

    This beautiful spire with clock adorns the Zuider Kerk (South Church) built in 1603, it still stands visible between all the newer structures.
    What I found on the internet:
    The Zuiderkerk, built between 1603 and 1611 (tower completed 1614) was the first Protestant church to be built in Amsterdam after the Reformation. Its architect was Hendrik de Keyzer, who is also buried here, according to a memorial with verses by Joost van den Vondel. The rectangular basilica-type triple nave church, with six sets of coffer-vaulting, originally had 16 stained-glass windows, but these were removed as early as 1658 to let more light in. The Zuiderkerk ceased to be a church in 1929 and its art treasures were then stored elsewhere. (at http://www.planetware.com/amsterdam/south-church-nl-nh-zuikrk.htm)
    Sorry to say that the Zuider Kerk website does not support any language except Dutch.

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    by doug48 Updated Jul 27, 2006

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    the zuiderkerk is a prominent amsterdam landmark. built in 1603 it was a calvinist church. closed as a church in 1929 it is now a public housing exibition center. the tower is open to the public.

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    Southern Church

    by penumbra Updated Mar 14, 2007

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    Built in 1611, the Southern Church was the first church commissioned by the Protestant community. The church is wonderfully preserved and is featured prominently in paintings (e.g. by Claude Monet).

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    Where modernity meets ancient architecture ...

    by Bigjones Written Nov 25, 2004

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    I've seen many examples in The Netherlands where modernity surrounds old buildings like here in Amsterdam.

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