The Oosterkerk ('eastern church') is a Dutch Reformed church built in the period 1669-1671 by architect Daniël Stalpaert and completed by Adriaan Dortsman. The church bells were cast by Pieter Hemony. The church has not been used for church services since 1962, and fell into decay since then. It was restored in the 1980s.

The layout of the church is in the shape of a Greek cross in which the space between the arms has been partially filled by lower volumes. On the canal side is the main entrance, the elevation of which is supported by a balustrade. The cornice of the lower volumes follows the relief of the walls, whereas the cornice of the Greek cross strictly conforms to the layout without acknowledging the indentations of the wall.

Some 500 people were buried in the church, including Adriaan Dortsman.



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Founded: 1669-1671
Category: Religious sites in Netherlands


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A Google User (2 years ago)
Veel concerten in deze kerk die een fantastische akoestiek bezit. Je hoort de muziek door de ruimte gaan. Gevarieerd aanbod: klassiek, volksmuziek, zang, etc... En ze hebben meestal vier concerten per maand, erg vaak gratis met vrijwillige bijdrage.
A Google User (2 years ago)
Beautiful protestant church from 1671. No longer in use as a church but for rent for cultural gatherings.
A Google User (3 years ago)
Great acoustics in this relatively small church.
A Google User (3 years ago)
Beautiful building with interesting music program. This was my second Sunday lunch concert visit. Amazing concert of Schubert's Guitars and Spanish Fire - Guitar Duo Elias / Cordas. The Oosterkerk dates from 1671. The Eastern Islands were then the bustling heart of Amsterdam's shipbuilding and maritime trade with the yards and warehouses of the Dutch East India Company at Oostenburg and the Admiralty yard at Kattenburg. The church was used for the Reformed worship until the building had to be closed in the 1960s because of the construction. In 1974, the Municipality of Amsterdam bought the monumental building for the symbolic amount of one guilder.
A Google User (4 years ago)
Looking for inspiration, reflection and something that moves your soul. Standup Theology with Tim Vreugdenhil in the Oosterkerk is excellent!
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