The churches of Amsterdam

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I received this card via Postcrossing. And I’m a little embarrassed to say that I can’t read the writing on the back, so I’m not sure who sent me this. 😀

But I know that it came from The Netherlands and it pictures 3 churches (from left to right):

1) The Basilica of St. Nicholas (or Sint-Nicolaasbasiliek in Dutch) is located in the Old Centre district of Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is the city’s major Catholic church.

2) The Zuiderkerk (“southern church”) is a 17th Century Protestant church in the Nieuwmarkt area of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The church played an important part in the life of Rembrandt and was the subject of a painting by Claude Monet.

3) Oude Kerk (“old church”) is Amsterdam’s oldest building and oldest parish church, founded ca. 1213 and finally consecrated in 1306 by the bishop of Utrecht with Saint Nicolas as its patron saint. After the Reformation in 1578 it became a Calvinist church, which it remains today. It stands in De Wallen, now Amsterdam’s main red-light district. The square surrounding the church is the Oudekerksplein.

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