The Zuiderkerk ('southern church') was the city's first church built specifically for Protestant services. It was constructed between 1603 and 1611. The distinctive church tower, which dominates the surrounding area, was not completed until 1614 and contains a carillon of bells built by the brothers Hemony, installed in 1656.

The Zuiderkerk was used for church services until 1929. During the final (1944-1945) winter of World War II it was in use as a temporary morgue because people were dying faster than they could be buried. The church was closed in 1970 because it was at the point of collapse. In the years 1976-1979, the church underwent renovation, and since 1988 it serves as a municipal information centre. The tower has a separate entrance and is also open to the public.

The design of the church in Amsterdam Renaissance style is by Hendrick de Keyser, who was also buried in the church in 1621. A memorial stone was placed on top of his tomb in 1921. De Keyser designed the church as a pseudo-basilica in Gothic style, with a central nave and two lower side aisles, six bays long, with Tuscan columns, timber barrel vaults and dormers. The stained glass in the rectangular windows was replaced by transparent glass in the 17th century. The richly detailed tower is a square stone substructure, on which an octagonal sandstone section stands with free-standing columns on the corners. On top of this is a wooden, lead-covered spire.

French Impressionist painter Claude Monet painted the church during a visit to the Netherlands. The painting now hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Three of Rembrandt's children were buried in the Zuiderkerk, which is very near to Rembrandt's house in the Jodenbreestraat. Ferdinand Bol, one of Rembrandt's most famous pupils, was buried in the Zuiderkerk in 1680.

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Founded: 1603-1611
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands

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borias borias (4 months ago)
Beautiful and a warm welcoming atmosphere ✨
Virtual Insect (4 months ago)
friendly peaple, nice atmosphere..well-heated hall, good sandwiches and a phenomenal night with Žužek and other friends
Oscar Munoz (4 months ago)
The Zuiderkerk, or South Church, is a historic church located in the southern part of the city center of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Here are some key points about the Zuiderkerk: 1. **Architectural Significance:** The Zuiderkerk is one of Amsterdam's most distinctive churches, known for its Renaissance-style architecture. It was designed by the renowned Dutch architect Hendrick de Keyser. 2. **Construction:** The church was constructed between 1603 and 1611. Its tower, which offers panoramic views of Amsterdam, was added later in 1614. 3. **Function:** Originally built as a Protestant church, the Zuiderkerk served as a place of worship for the local community. 4. **Interior and Art:** The interior of the church features a classic Dutch Protestant design. Notable artworks, including an organ built by renowned organ builder Christian Vater, contribute to the church's cultural and historical significance. 5. **Location:** The Zuiderkerk is situated in the Nieuwmarkt area, near the Amstel River and within walking distance of popular Amsterdam attractions. 6. **Cultural Events:** Today, the Zuiderkerk is no longer used as a church for regular services. However, it is often used for cultural events, concerts, and exhibitions. I myself went to an Ukranian Concert
Victoria S (7 months ago)
Very nice and beautiful, place to relax ??
nasim mahmoodsalehi (2 years ago)
The old church became a venue for conferences and concerts! Learning new things and visiting one of the oldest area of Amsterdam at the same time! This place is beautiful and huge to hold big conferences with a lot of attendees.
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