Our Lord in the Attic (Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder)

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Our Lord in the Attic (Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder)
Amsterdam is known for its religious tolerance but beginning in the 16th century, during the Protestant Reformation, Catholics were prohibited from holding mass publicly. And so “hidden churches” began popping up in private homes around the city; the only remaining example is this one, tucked inside a 17th-century canal house in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Occupying the topmost levels of the house—hence the name Our Lord in the Attic—the church, which holds around 100 worshipers, is surprisingly spacious, with a double-height ceiling created by cutting away a portion of the upper floor. The chapel’s lovely altar is flanked by religious statues and wood columns painted to resemble marble; a large oil painting, Baptism of Christ in the Jordan by Jacob de Wit, hangs over the pulpit. Catholic mass is still performed here (in Dutch) on the first Sunday of every month, from October to May.
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Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38, 1012 GE Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 624 6604
Sun 1pm - 6pm
Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm