Amsterdam’s churches – Zuiderkerk

Zuiderkerk was designed by Hendrick de Keyser and built as a Protestant church between 1603 and 1611. The church tower was only finished in 1614. Hendrick de Keyser was also buried her and in 1921 a memorial stone was placed on his tomb. The bells in the tower were in 1656 made by the brothers […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Nicolaes Pietersz. Berchem

Nicolaes Pietersz. Berchem was born inHaarlem on October 1rst1620 and died in Amsterdam on February 18th1683. He was a painter of Italian pastoral landscapes. Nicolaes Berchem was the son of still life painter Pieter Claesz. He is said to have been trained by his father and by Jan van Goyen, Nicolaes Moeyaert, Pieter de Grebber, […]

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 […]

Proeflokalen III

 Cafe Karpershoek  The oldest traces of cafe Karpershoek on Martelaarsgracht date back to the year 1606, when Karpershoek opened its door as a bottlery. Even then the café was frequently visited by sailors who docked at the nearby port. Today the place still has sand on the floor just like it had back in the […]

From orphanage to palace of justice

Today almost the entire stretch between Leidsegracht and Leidsestraat, Prinsengracht  436 – 438, is Amsterdam’s palace of justice. It was first taken in use in 1836 but was built in 1829. Before that here stood an orphanage, which was built in 1666. This orphanage was divided into a girls and a boys department with each […]