The St. Nicholas church is the 3rd church in Amsterdam dedicated to the patron saint of sailors. The first church, built at the beginning of the 14th C, was converted into a calvinist church after the Alteration of 1578 and is now known as the Old church. When in the 17th and 18th C it wasn’t possible for catholics to openly worship, a canal house belonging to a rich merchant was used as a ‘schuilkerk’ or hidden church. The building still exists and now houses the Onze lieve heer op solder (our Lord in the attic) museum. The church you see on this photo was built at the end of the 19th C in neo-baroque style.
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