The Old Church is located in an area of Amsterdam known as the Old Side. The New Church is located in the New Side area. But the New Side is actually older than the Old Side.
Originally the canals of Amsterdam had several functions: they allowed for goods to be delivered from the harbor (and the markets at Dam square and Nieuwmarkt) to storage facilities and stores throughout thecity. they were used as defence moats they served to guide the water of the Amstel River through its former … Read moreThe Canals of Amsterdam
The tower of Amsterdam’s oldest church — the Old Church (Oude Kerk, in Dutch) — silhouetted in the late afternoon winter sky. Actually, the Old Church is the oldest building in Amsterdam. It was built in several phases between some time around 1300 and 1578. Every time there was enough money the church was expanded … Read moreAmsterdam Old Church at sunset
Photochroms of Amsterdam taken between 1890 and about 1900. Collected by the Library of Congress. No known copyright.
According to Wikipedia, “Photochrom prints are colorized images produced from black and white photographic negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lithographic printing plates. The process is properly considered a photographic variant of chromolithography, a broader term referring to color lithography in general.”
Wikipedia says: The Zuiderkerk was used for church services until 1929. During the final (1944-1945) winter of World War II, known as the hongerwinter (“winter of hunger”) in the Netherlands because food was so scarce, the church was in use as a temporary morgue because people were dying faster than they could be buried. The … Read moreAmsterdam: Zuiderkerk
Founded sometime in the 14th century for the Beguines, members of a lay Catholic sisterhood, the Begijnhof is one of Amsterdam’s oldest inner courtyards — and one of the city’s best known landmarks. Below is a photo taken roughly in the same spot but then during the summer. Yes, the large tree is gone, felled … Read moreAmsterdam beguinage in the snow