The Nieuwe Waalse Kerk is a late 19th-century church building on the Keizersgracht canal in Amsterdam. The building, a rare example of Romanesque Revival architecture in Amsterdam, has rijksmonument status.DescriptionThe architect, A.N. Godefroy, was a proponent of eclecticism, something that is evident from his design for the Nieuwe Waalse Kerk. The building is a mixture of various styles: neoclassical architecture (the stone facade with a rusticated base) and Romanesque Revival architecture (the small round recessed windows and the Lombard band along the edge of the roof). Godefroy also mixed traditional styles with techniques and materials that at that time were considered new and innovative. For instance, he designed folding chairs for the church that had a faux wood texture, but were actually made of cast iron. Godefroy also used cast iron for the columns supporting the galleries.The symmetrical facade has a base and tall, Romanesque arched windows. The facade is topped by five small towers. The facade was segmented using horizontal water tables and vertical lesenes.The church hall is a rectangular space lined on both sides by galleries supported by cast-iron columns. The walls are decorated with pilasters and arched alcoves. When the church was repurposed as an arts centre in the late 20th century, an additional storey was added.Add Waalse Kerk to your Amsterdam travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Amsterdam travel planner.
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I must have come around at a bad time, the church was closed to visitors. On the other side of the property, in the Oude Hoogstraat, there is an ancient funeral gate with some interesting decorative..... more »
A very simple protestant church used mainly for concerts - it's interiors inside is not worth visiting . more »
We enjoyed the Bach concert!
A beautiful church in a very busy district.
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