Amsterdam Old Church at sunset

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

Old Amsterdam in colorized photos

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.”

Amsterdam beguinage in the snow

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