Noorderkerk, Amsterdam

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While on a sightseeing tour of Amsterdam, make sure to stop by Noorderkerk, the city's gem of Protestant architecture. The 17th-century church was designed by the famous architect and sculptor Hendrick de Keyser, who was father of the style known as Amsterdam Renaissance. With its octagonal base, the outer shape in the form of a Greek cross, and unique interior decorations, the church features a design that makes it unlike any other. The church's excellent acoustics make it a frequent concert venue. The full schedule of upcoming performances is available online. Every Sunday, the square in front of the church hosts a farmer's market where you can find an array of homegrown, organic food products. Put Noorderkerk on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Amsterdam trip planning site .
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  • Every Amsterdammer is proud of the new church and the old church, but the Noorderkerk is often a very well-off. I am not right. The Noordermarkt looks broadly-some 19th century buildings aside as in the first half of the 17th century. The Noorderkerk, completed in 1623, harmonizes nicely with the square and the immediate surroundings. The church is a design by Hendrick de Keijser. He looks very much like the great Church of Maaspluis. Not surprising, because Maeser's builders used the construction drawings of the Noorderkerk. The Noorderkerk has the shape of a cross church. He was built as a Protestant church and thus has no Catholic past. On Sundays there is still a church service. In addition, the building is used for cultural events, such as concerts. The church has no tower, but a beautiful roof-top (also called four-seater), with clocks and watch. The exterior is covered by the houses built in the corners against the church, from more or less the same period. The interior is more spacious than the sight of the outside suggests. Beautiful light, harmonious proportions. Consult the website for opening hours and concert dates etc.
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  • This Protestant cult building is located in the Jordaan district. Built during the 17th century, it fully reflects in the architectural structure and internal organization the ideals of the reformed church. There is usually a market on the adjoining square.
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  • Beautiful place for worship, conferences or yust to admire the architecture
  • Noorderkerk is a small Protestant church in the northern area of Jordaan, along the Prinsengracht. While there isn't much to see within the church, it is interesting from an architectural point of view. Opening hours 10am to 6.30pm (October 2016). This church was built between 1620-23 by Dutch architects, Hendrick and Pieter de Keyser. It is symmetrical and laid out in the shape of a Greek cross, demonstrating Protestant ideals over traditional basilica shape and design of other Hendrick de Keyser churches like Westerkerk and Zuiderkerk. The exterior can be viewed nicely from the Noorderkerk market grounds just outside the church and by walking around the building. The interior of Noorderkerk is very simple with white walls and ceilings devoid of painting and decor, tall and narrow windows with clear panes, simple iron chandeliers, pulpit and a centre stall area where services are held. The organ is presently covered, seemingly for repair. You can take a quick walk around and see everything in just a few minutes. In the end, Noorderkerk is a simple church that is fine to visit if you plan to be in this area of Jordaan and enjoy historic buildings. There is a open food market, Noordermarkt, held in the space just outside the church on Saturdays. A combined visit is sensible and convenient.
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