Amsterdam’s churches – Sint Nicolaaskerk

Basilica of St. Nicolaas (Nicolaaskerk) When you step out of the main entrance of Amsterdam’s Centraal Station and look to the left you see a large dark church in Neo-Baroque style. That’s Amsterdam’s Catholic Sint Nicolaaskerk, which was inaugurated in 1888.  Seen from Centraal Station  This is the third church in Amsterdam with the same […]

Amsterdam’s history – Alteratie

Alteratie  Oude Kerk in spring Alteratie denotes the change that happened in Amsterdam on May 26th 1578 when the city government went into the hands of the prince-minded Protestants. The Roman Catholic city government, which was loyal to the Spanish king Filip II, had long held out, but had eventually to suffer the indignity of […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Rembrandt van Rijn, part 2

 Selfportrait from 1630   Saskia van Uylenburgh Rembrandt married Saskia van Uylenburgh in 1633 and bought a house in the Sint Antoniesbreestraat, now Jodenbreestraat 4. In this house from the 17th century he lived and worked from 1639 till 1658. Today it’s known as the Rembrandt house and is a museum. Rembrandt and Saskia had four […]

Frans Banning Cocq

 (1605 – 1655) is the central figure in Rembrandt’s Night Watch He owned the citadel Huis Ilpenstein and his title was Heer van Purmerlant en Ilpendam. Later he settled in Amsterdam and became captain of the archers and was a member of the archer’s house, which in 1638 decided to have their portraits painted by […]

The miracle of Amsterdam

In 1345 a very devout Christian was lying on his deathbed and asked or the last rites. His family send a message to the Oude Kerk and the priest came, officiated the sacrament and told the family that if the man was going to throw up (which he regularly did after eating anything) whatever he […]