De Krijtberg - Sint Franciscus Xaveriuskerk, Amsterdam

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De Krijtberg Kerk is a Roman Catholic church in Amsterdam, located at the Singel. The church was designed by Alfred Tepe and was opened in 1883.
The church is dedicated to St Francis Xavier and is one of the rectorates within the Roman Catholic parish of St Nicholas, and is recognised by its two pointed towers. Since 1654 there has been a Jesuit church at this location. The original clandestine church was replaced by another one in 1677. The current Neo-Gothic church was built on the same space in 1881. Space limitations urged architect Alfred Tepe to design an unusually tall church with a monumental front. The interior was provided by members of the Guild of St. Bernulphus, most notable the Mengelberg firm. Most of interior has survived. Services there are in a variety of styles.
Next to the church is Ignatius House . It is a spirituality and cultural centre also of the Society of Jesus. It was founded in 1985 as a non-residential spirituality centre and to its present location in 2000. It is dedicated to Ignatius of Loyola the founder of the Jesuits. It primarily runs courses and retreats on Ignatian spirituality for Dutch speakers. Although, it has Jesuits on the staff, it is run by a team of lay people, members of other Catholic religious orders and other Christian denominations. The building consists of three large rooms, the Great Hall that can fit 50 people in theatre-style seating, an upper room for meetings, lectures, courses and workshops and a meditation room for reflective activities.
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  • Church dedicated to St François Xavier, beautiful works of art inside. Worth a visit the stained glass Windows are remarkable.
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  • Jesuit Church Francis Xavier was founded here as a "hidden church" in the 17TH century, during the years of the prohibition of practicing Catholic ordinances. Hence its location and form-it is pushed between the residential buildings. Today's size and neo-Gothic form and Fronton gained in 1883. The church was greatly enlarged due to the growing number of believers. In the middle of the 20TH century due to the decline of the number of faithful the temple was supposed to be closed, but due to historical qualities was preserved and considered a monument, in 2003 it was thoroughly restored. Noteworthy paintings from the 19TH century, beautiful stained glass windows and sculptures.
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  • A Roman Catholic Church in neo Gothic style was built in 1829 at current location, although the church was built on the adjacent site in 1654. The church has extraordinary beautiful stained-glass windows in the choir show Christ the King, the Holy Spirit, descending on Mary and the twelve apostles, based on the church brochure. The Church suggests $ 50 cents of EU for the worship candle. The Church does not offer access of the bathroom to the public.
  • An absolutely beautiful church. It is rare to see the doors open, so go in if you see them ajar! The interior is beautifully colored and reminiscent of the older catholic church near central station, but with much fewer tourists. It's also close to several nice bookstores on the spui.
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