10 Churches In Netherlands Which Offer A Glimpse Of The Ancient Structures Of Europe!

The Netherlands

The Netherlands is a northwestern country of Europe that is famous for housing the beautiful canals, vast fields of tulip, windmills and never-ending picturesque cycling routes. Through the many hundreds of centuries of existence of this country, several prominent and stunning churches have been built throughout the many towns and cities in the Netherlands.

Many of these beautiful architectural churches are known to be the oldest standing structures of the world. Some of the best churches in the Netherlands are given below.

1. Zuiderkerk

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This Protestant church in the Netherlands was built just outside the Nieuwmarkt by the Amsterdam municipality. Zuiderkerk, meaning the southern Church, was built in the year 1611. Unlike the Pentecostal churches in the Netherlands, the interiors of this church feature vast spaces with bare minimum inclusions to meet the modest sensibilities of Protestantism.

Location: Zuiderkerkhof 72, 1011 WB Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Entry Fee: INR 650

2. Oude Kerk

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This is one of the oldest Dutch Reformed churches in the Netherlands which has an intriguing history. Oude Kerk church was originally erected by the bishop of Utrecht in the year 1306. During that time it was a famous Catholic church. Later during the Dutch Reformation, the Protestants converted it into a Calvinist church by stripping off the god and everything else which depicted Catholicism.

Location: Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timings: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Entry Fee: INR 850

3. Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder

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After the Dutch reformation in the 17th century, almost every Catholic church was transformed into a Protestant one and the Catholicism was completely outlawed. This led to the Catholics practicing their faith in secret and as a result of this, a few Catholic churches were built and hidden throughout Amsterdam. Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder is one such Catholic church in the Netherlands which is hidden in De Wallen. It was luckily not discovered during that time and after the 19th century, it was transformed into a wonderful museum.

Location: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38, 1012 GD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timings: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Entry Fee: INR 950

4. Laurens Church

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Laurens church is one of the historic churches in Rotterdam Netherlands. This was originally in the form of gothic Laurenskerk and was built in the year 1525. It suffered massive damages during the 1940 bombing in this area and most parts of this church were destroyed to a large extent. In the late fifties and early sixties, this church was rebuilt by incorporating outstanding architectural features and was renamed as the Laurens Church.

Location: Grotekerkplein 27, 3011 GC Rotterdam, Netherlands
Timings: 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Entry Fee: INR 85

5. Nieuwe Kerk

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This is one of the famous churches in the Netherlands which was built in the 15th century on the orders of the bishop of Utrecht and was then named as the Nieuwe Kerk which means the “New Church”. It is located in Dam Square. Unfortunately, this church was destroyed in the 16th century due to fire. It was rebuilt again and it stands beautifully displaying striking features of Southern gothic architecture.

Location: De Dam, 1012 NL Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Entry Fee: INR 1400

6. English Reformed Church

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This small but elegant church was confiscated during the 15th century when Calvinism was adopted by the Dutch government. It is now known famously as the English Reformed church and has been dedicated to the Protestant Christians who use this place for worship. Till today all the weekly rituals have been conducted smoothly here without any sort of interruption.

Location: Begijnhof 48, 1012 WV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timings: 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM

7. Moses & Aaron Church

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This is one of those churches which were built hidden in the city of Amsterdam for secret Catholic worshipers. It was built during the time when the Dutch government put a ban on all Catholic churches. Later on, during the 19th century, the ban on Catholicism was lifted and this building transformed beautifully and came to be known as the Moses & Aaron church.

Location: Waterlooplein 207, 1011 PG Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

8. Church Of St. Peter & St. Paul

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This is a narrow church that is perfectly nestled in the city’s Kalverstraat area. It was originally built to serve as a place of worship for the Catholic community. After the Calvinism became dominant in this region, its aesthetics were mellowed down so that it resembles more like the Protestant churches which focus on simple architecture and interiors.

Location: Kalverstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timings: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

9. Westerkerk

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One of the Calvinist churches in the city, Westerkerk church is located on the western side of the famous canal belt in Amsterdam which was built in the 17th century. This church was built during the same time when these waterways were built. It is famous for the Dutch renaissance architecture and it was originally built to offer the Calvinist services. This church has about 51 humongous bells which can be heard throughout the De Jordaan area clearly.

Location: Prinsengracht 279, 1016 GW Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timings: 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Entry Fee: INR 600

10. Norwegian Seamen’s Church

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Norwegian Seamen’s Church is perfectly tucked away in the Westzeedijk area in Rotterdam. It has a very unusual design and architecture which makes it unique in its own way. This church is completely made with wooden fixtures and stands out among the rest of the churches in the area. It was built by drawing inspiration from the Norwegian style in the year 1914. Since 1999 it has been a valuable monumental asset to the country and has been recognized as being the largest wooden structure in Rotterdam.

Location: Westzeedijk 300, 3016 AP Rotterdam, Netherlands
Timings: 12:00 AM to 05:00 PM

By: traveltriangle.com

2 thoughts on “10 Churches In Netherlands Which Offer A Glimpse Of The Ancient Structures Of Europe!

  1. under 8 you show the Magna Plaza Shopping Centre, that was the main post-office of Amsterdam before….. So,this is not the Church Of St. Peter & St. Paul

  2. FIRST OF ALL THE NETHERLANDS DON´T HAVE “MANY HUNDREDS OF CENTURIES OF EXISTENCE”. THAT IS COMPLETE NONSENSE.

    YOU SAY THAT “THE BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURES ARE KNOWN TO BE THE OLDEST STANDING STRUCTURES OF THE WORLD”. THIS IS ALSO COMPLETE NONSENSE. DON´T YOU KNOW THE VERY RICH LEGACY OF ROMAN- OR GOTHIC STYLE CHURCHES IN GREAT BRITTAIN, FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY AND SPAIN? AND TALKING ABOUT THE OLDEST STANDING STRUCTURES OF THE WORLD, HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THE MANY PRESPANISH ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES IN COUNTRIES LIKE MEXICO AND GUATEMALA, AND MANY OTHER OLD BUILDINGS IN COUNTRIES LIKE EGYPT, PAKISTAN, INDIA, CAMBODJA, ETC.

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