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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Ingrid de Koster (2 years ago)
I hope that this wonderful church with its historically important organ will stay as a concert hall.
Nasir Masud (2 years ago)
It is not used as proper church now as it can be only use as cultural gatherings. It was made in 1671. the building is beautifully built. It's music playing programs are interesting. Good place for tour purpose as well. It is a nice venue for concert as well. People there play music regularly. They don't charge and if they charge then it is more than affordable. Good location and good for photography purpose as well.
tina omosefe (2 years ago)
Incredible Church #vineyardchurch
David Bruijn (3 years ago)
Nice place to have a tour. Piece of history.
Juana G. (3 years ago)
Monument in line with other churches a jewel neighboorhood place worse visiting
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