Amsterdam is a city that has a very elaborate cultural and religious history. Although recognized for its unprejudiced way of life, there are several places of worship of various religions in the Dutch capital city too, which have stood the ultimate test of time. Below are a few such iconic destinations that you can visit on your Amsterdam tours.
This is an iconic building constructed in 1675. The structure symbolizes an era when the Portuguese Jews migrated to the Netherlands in thousands. Later, the Dutch government granted them permission to practice their religion openly. Located at Visserplein, the 17th Century synagogue has been built showcasing all the grandeur of the medieval architecture, surrounded by gigantic walls and a resourceful library.
Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder
Catholicism was prohibited by law in the Netherlands back in the 17th Century. This forced the devotes to practice and propagate their religion undercover. Several churches were built, camouflaged from the eyes of the government. Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder was one of those churches, built in the attic of an old townhouse. It has been converted to a museum now, and is a great place to visit during your tours in Amsterdam.
Buddhist Temple Fo Guang Shan
This is a glorious temple built in the very center of Amsterdam’s Chinatown. The architecture highlights all the beauty of the Chinese Zodiac, and offers a stunning contrast against all the traditional Dutch townhouses that surround the structure. Its building components were brought from China during its construction, which make it a historically important landmark in Amsterdam.
De Zuiderkerk was the first-ever Protestant church to be built in Amsterdam. It was built during the Reformation, but its construction was completed in the year 1611. The iconic bell that adorns the church was installed years later. Claude Monet painted its steeple using watercolor in 1874 and made it even more mesmerizing.
De Oude Kerk
De Oude Kerk church is officially the oldest building in Amsterdam. Built in the year 1213, the church was a major place of worship until the Dutch Calvinists dethroned the Pope during the Reformation period. The church’s foundation is laid on an artificial mound. The place has been renovated several times, and currently, it is being used for various cultural and religious purposes.
De Blauwe Moskee
This is a mosque located in the western side of Amsterdam. Its design is a delightful blend of modern architecture as well as traditional Arabic forms. The mosque was built a result of the efforts of several Islamic organizations in 2008 to unify the Muslim population in Holland and bring them under a single platform. Its official language, however, is Dutch.