Our Lord in the Attic is a 17th-century canal house, house church, and museum in the city center of Amsterdam. The Catholic Church was built on the top three floors of the canal house during the 1660s. It is an important example of a “schuilkerk”, or “clandestine church,” in which Catholics and other religious dissenters from the seventeenth century Dutch Reformed Church, unable to worship in public, held services. Since 28 April 1888, the church is open as a museum, and has annually 85,000 visitors.
Our Lord in the Attic Church MG_9327, Amsterdam
Our Lord in the Attic Church Organ MG_9330, Amsterdam
The Basilica of Saint Nicholas is located in the Old Centre district of Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is the city’s major Catholic church.
Officially the church was called St. Nicholas inside the Walls, i.e. the oldest part of the Amsterdam defence works. The architect, Adrianus Bleijs (1842-1912) designed the church basing himself on a combination of several revival styles of which Neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance are the most prominent models. The facade is crowned by two towers with a rose window in between.
St. Nicholas Church MG_9187, Amsterdam
St. Nicholas Church MG_9221 Amsterdam
I would be remiss if I didn’t include shots of bicycles after visiting Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is both the most bicycle-friendly capital city in the world and, with an urban area population of over 1.1 million people, it is also the most bicycle-friendly city with over a million people in the world. In Amsterdam, over 60% of trips are made by bike in the inner city and 40% of trips are made by bike overall in the greater city area.
More Bikes, Amsterdam
Parking for Bikes MG_9314, Amsterdam
Dam Square, or simply the Dam, is a town square in Amsterdam. Its notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city and the country.
Dam Square MG_9317, Amsterdam
View of the Stopera, where the Amsterdam city hall and opera house are located.
I’ll leave it up to the bloggers imagination why this shot was taken.
Happy Rowdy Group MG_9238
Living “La Vida Loca.”
Solitary Travelers MG_9235
Boat rides on the canal aren’t free in general, but exceptionally in this case.
This garland decoration on top of the building appropriately reads:MOM… and well suited I think.
Those monumental buildings contribute to Amsterdam fame as “The Venice of the North.” Canal houses were always built tall and skinny to save on taxes!
House Façade MG_9209
A Hook also called Pulley on the front of a Canal House in Amsterdam is used to pull up Furniture and other Heavy items that will not fit up the narrow stairway. This method of architecture has its value.
Building Façade MG_9334
Bridge & Canal MG_9196, Amsterdam
Bridge, Canal & Crowd crossing MG_9321
Canal of Amsterdam & its crowd MG_9228