After the old church burnt down in 1916 they built the Adventskerk in 1920-1922, the design was by architect Kuijper. Although the interior of the church is sober, the copper lamps and the colorful glasstained windows are nice to see.
The organ is from G.F. Steinmeijer, 1923 . The pulpit is made of oak and there are six figures on it. A bit of amsterdam school like.
The church is only open for ceremonies and worship services. But on special occasions like national monument day you might be able to have a look inside.
Behind the Adventskerk you will find a small chapel. It is the familygrave of the de Smeth family. There are 21 familymembers buried here since Theodorus de Smeth died at 17 november 1772. He was a banker from Amsterdam who bought the title "ambachtsheer van Alphen en Rietveld"in 1766. He was first buried in the local church but in 1773 when the chapel was ready he was reburied there. In those days you could reach the chapel from within the church. The family donated 2000 guilders to the church in order to take care of the chapel forever.
When in the 1800's it was forbidden to bury people in the church the entrance to the chapel from the church was sealed and a door was made at the other end of the chapel. This saved the chapel from the fire that burnt the church down in 1916.
When the new church (Adventkerk) was built the chapel was not incorperated into the church.
The chapel was not very well kept and the municipality bought the chapel from the family for 2,50 guilders in the 1970's. They restored it. Now it is open for the public on saturdays as a centre of silence and reflection.
The chapel itself is not very striking, it is empty and white inside. It is just what it is supposed to be a centre of silence in the center of Alphen.
Maybe the most beautifull church in Alphen, in the 18th century it was already called the splendour of Rijnland.
The church was built in 1663-1665, the architect was Daniël Stalpaert. The funds came from Cornelis de Vlaming. He was a rich and influencual man who bought the title of "ambachtsheer van Oudshoorn". Untill 1918 the village of Oudshoorn was an independant village after that it was incorperated in Alphen aan den Rijn.
The most special in the church are the painted glass windows. In the 17th century it was a token of richness and importance to give a window to a church. In this church you can find all the original 17th century windows. One was donated by Prince William Henry, the later King William III. Most windows bear the shields of the donating party.
In the top of the ceiling you will find a clock. In the beginning this clock was attached to the clock in the tower. Today however it is an independant clock.
I visited the church during open monument day (a once a year happening) and forgot to ask if they are open for public on other occasions.
In the center of the town once was a jewish cemetery. But as you could read in the previous tip the jewish community was gone after WW II. And in 1963 the graves were not in a good condition. The city council then decided they wanted the space to expand the city with houses and shops. The graves were then opened and the death were reburied in Koudekerk.
Today however the space is still empty and two women, living in the street in front of the church, are campaining to make it into a place of silence and reflection. Because they think it is a disgrace the graves are sacrificed for nothing.
In front of the former cemetary there was a small house where the death were washed before they were buried. This small room is still there and now rented by a funeral home.
Both this room and the synagoge are the only reminders of the jewish community that florished in this neighbourhood long ago.
The Remonstrantse kerk is a very small church in a hidden alley in Alphen. I managed to pass the alley 40 years before discovering this special building.
The building is special because it is the old jewish synagoge. The synagoge was built in 1896. When during the second world war the jewish community vanished from Alphen the synagoge was first rented by the Remonstrant church but in 1955 they bought the building.
All the jewish signs are still present in the church. The windows show the star of David, and the ten commandments are written in hewbrew above the speakerscorner.
Even the small seats are left under the new boards that should make seating more comfortable.
Every first saturday of the month from 10:30 to 12:30 you can visit the church.
This is Avifauna. A parc specialised in exposing living birds. There is an impressive amount of species of birds living here, from penguins to tropical parrots. The parc is divided in "continents", each section has birds typically for that continent.
Main attractions are the tropical garden(exposing the only banana-tree in Holland which actually grow bananas) and Lori-land. For visitors living in (sub-)tropical environments this might not be interesting, but imagine how terrible the weather is in Holland, and you'll admire this poor banana-tree more then every thing you've ever seen. ;-)
At Lori land you can feed the "Lori", a tropical bird. When showing your cup of honey, the Lori's will fly to you and sit on your arm, head and back. Showing their huge love for humankind; a unique experience. Sadly, the love is abruptly over when your cup appears to be empty. They fly away, waiting for a new cup.
The location is in a quiet park with a lot of trees and paths to walk. There's also a playgarden and an Arcade house, where you can play computergames and visit a scary haunting house. A perfect place to spend a day with the kids!
You can also take a boat on the river "Rijn" and they will show you the beautifull lake "Braassemermeer" and its surrounding villages, and tell about the history of the lake, and the benefits of the wild birds living in this area. This is recommanded for overaged people, there's coffee and snacks on the boats. For weddings and parties there's also an opportunity to hire this boat.
Windmill de Eendracht was built in 1898 with parts from de Twee Gebroeders (1752) a windmill that was no longer in use in the Zaan area.
The windmill is in use as a grindingmill, it was bought by the municipality in the 70´s and is managed by a foundation since.
In 1983 a historic diesel engine was restored and placed here. Now the mill is no longer depending on wind alone. The mill is working on either wind or engine.
It is not only a cultural historic monument but also an industrial monument.
Every saturday the windmill is working with the aid of volunteers. The flour is sold to a bakery and can also be bought by the public.
Open: saturday 10.00 -16.00
Entrance is free.
Archeon is an archaeological themepark. In this themepark there are three different areas which all show the life in the netherlands around a certain period. There is an area where houses of the middle ages are showing life in a normal street, a shoemaker, a farmhouse, a monastery, abarber-surgeon and an inn are amongst the buildings.
In the roman period people liked to relax in the bathhouse or go to the taverne. Sometimes there is a real roman gladiator fight to enjoy.
And ofcourse the prehistoric times. Houses were huts made of twigs, but people had more tools than one expects.
And if all this timetravelling makes you hungry at the end of the day there is a meal in the taverne, all included in your ticketprice.
half april - end october: every day 10:00-17:00
4 years: free
4-11 years: €9,25
11 and older:€13,25
Avifauna is a birdpark with many different birdspecies on display. Some displays like the lori-landing are hands on displays in which you can feed the birds.
Avifauna has a good record in breeding with rare species.
For the children there is also a playground with many attractions.
Birdpark and playground are open from 09.00 to 18.00.
The electric playground attractions only in summer and schoolholidays.
3 years: free
3 - 12 years € 8,00
adults: € 9,50
Playground attractions are €2 extra for which the child get a bracelet which will give it unlimited entrance to the playground attractions.
And if you want to make it an entire day out try the boattrips organised from here, the boattrip takes 75 minutes and goes to the Braasemermeer.
Combination tickets: €13,50 (children: 11,50)