Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam’s New Church originally dates to 1408 and is only “New” when compared to its predecessor, the Oude Kerk which is a hundred years older.

The Nieuwe Kerk was built on Dam Square right next to the Royal Palace and is dedicated to St. Mary and St. Catherine. Amsterdam was always prone to terrible fires (surprisingly for a city with so much water around) and in both 1421 and 1452 fires damaged the Nieuwe Kerk. Finally, in 1645, a fire burned the church down to its foundations allowing for a rebuild in a very plain Gothic style.

Rennovations took place between 1892 and 1914 and then again in the late 20th Century. The church is no longer an active church, but is still used for Royal Ceremonies such as the Coronation of Queen Beatrix in 1980 and the recent Royal Wedding of Willem to Maxima in 2002.

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