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Our lord in the attic

In the heart of Amsterdam’s bustling centre lies one of the city’s oldest museums: Our Lord in the Attic. Here visitors get to experience the Dutch Golden Age in a special way; a 17th-century house with a top floor converted into a church.

Jan Hartman bought this house on Oudezijds Voorburgwal and the two adjacent buildings on Heintje Hoekssteeg 350 years ago. He had the attics of the three houses rebuilt into a Catholic church conforming to the conventions of the day, yet nothing on the outside could suggest that there was a church inside.

In 2012 the church was entirely refurbished. While until recently, cupboards were converted into showcases to display art, now the process is reversed: the showcases have been removed and the cupboards are once again cupboards. The idea was to restore the church’s original function and this was the guideline for the restoration. Visitors can now experience the building as it was when it served as a parish church. Colour, light and interior exude the atmosphere of the period in which the last regular masses were celebrated at the church, in the late 19th century.

Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder is open every day:

Monday through Saturday from 10 am till 5 pm.
Sunday and holidays from 1 pm till 5 pm.

The museum is closed on April 27 (King’s Day). On January 1st the museum is open from 1 pm till 5 pm.

Adress: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40

 

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