Zuiderkerk means sounthern church in the local language; it’s the first protestant church ever built in Amsterdam. You can find it in the area surrounding Nieuwmarkt, the large square in the Chinese district of the city.
The construction of the Zuiderkerk began in 1603 and ended in 1611. Its in Renaissance style, and next to it you can find a clock tower almost 80 metres tall (built some years later) that dominates the area. Within the latter you can find Amsterdam’s oldest bell, which was forged in 1511. The clocktower is also open to guided tours.
The Zuiderkerk’s plant it typically Gothic. Within the church there are the tombs of three of Rembrandt’s sons and Ferdinand Bol’s, one of the artist’s most famous students. Nowadays the building hosts the headquarters for the City Information Centre: inside, they often hold cultural events, exhibitions, meetings and conferences.
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