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Historic Places of Worship

Amsterdam's historic places of worship and other sacred destinations are full of art, architecture and history, from the first-rate art exhibits of the Nieuwe Kerk to the panoramic views from the Westerkerk's church tower.

Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)
A profile of the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), a medieval Gothic church that now serves as a popular exhibition space.

Oude Kerk (Old Church)
Once a modest wooden chapel, the Oude Kerk (Old Church) is now an icon of Amsterdam and a top attraction to visit.

The Begijnhof in Pictures
The Begijnhof (or béguinage) is an inner court with some of Amsterdam's most historic townhouses, where a lay Catholic sisterhood once served God without the strict demands of nunnery life.

The Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter
The 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue survived World War II unscathed, and stands as one of the oldest and most iconic monuments of Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter.

He Hua Buddhist Temple
The jewel of Amsterdam Chinatown is this Buddhist temple with its traditional Chinese palace-style architecture.

Westerkerk (Western Church)
The Westerkerk (Western Church) is one of the most prominent landmarks on the Amsterdam city skyline, and a fantastic church to visit for its splendid interior and views from the tower.

Sint Nicolaaskerk (St. Nicholas Church)
The lovely Sint Nicolaaskerk (St. Nicholas Church), a 19th-century Catholic church with neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance elements, catches visitors' attention as soon as they exit Amsterdam Central Station.

Ronde Lutherse Kerk (Round Lutheran Church)
The 17th-century Ronde Lutherse Kerk (Round Lutheran Church) is the only church in Amsterdam to feature a circular floor plan.

Amstelkerk & Amstelveld (Amstel Church & Amstel Field)
Centuries after it was built for temporary use, the Amstelkerk, now a city monument, still stands on the tree-lined Amstelveld.

Noorderkerk & Noordermarkt (Northern Church & Northern Market)
The Renaissance architecture of the Noorderkerk sets the backdrop for the lively Noordermarkt square, a favorite weekend spot in Amsterdam.

Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (Our Dear Lady Church)
One of the first neo-Gothic churches in the Netherlands, the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (Our Dear Lady Church) is now an ecumenical house of worship for no fewer than three denominations.

De Duif (The Dove)
De Duif (The Dove), the first non-Protestant church to be erected after the Reformation, is noted both for its triumphant history and for its rare Baroque architecture.

Keizersgrachtkerk (Keizersgracht Church)
The Keizersgrachtkerk (Keizersgracht Church) is a rare example of Venetian neo-Gothic that now houses an ecumenical Protestant community.

Amsterdam's Top Historic Churches
Find pictures of and information about the top historic churches in Amsterdam.

Climb Amsterdam's Church Towers for Bird's-Eye Views
In a city as flat as Amsterdam, it's tough to get a bird's-eye view of the skyline. Climb these church towers to see what the city looks like from above.

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