De Nieuwe Kerk
When the Old Church got too small in the end of the 14th century, de Nieuwe Kerk (translated: The New Church) was built. The gothic church, built like Amiens Cathedral, was devoted to Our Lady and the Holy Catharina. The name, however, always remained the same to keep a distinction between the Old and the New Church. In the spring of 1410 De Nieuwe Kerk was in use for the first time. In 1578, when catholicism was forbidden, the rich decoration was replaced by an interior based on Protestantism: the statues and altarpieces were removed or destroyed and the walls were painted white. As of now the New Church is the most visited church in The Netherlands.
The last 30 years the church became a cultural heart of the city and is famous for its exhibitions. The church is also known for the location of the National Memorial Day on May 4. In 1980, formerly Queen Beatrix was inaugurated in De Nieuwe Kerk. In 2002 the current King, Willem Alexander, and his wife Maxima Zorrequieta used the church as a location for their wedding.
Opening times and fees
Monday - Saturday: 11am until 17pm
Closed on January 1 and December 25
Entrance fee adults: € 16,00
Kids until 11 years: free
Address and map
De Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)
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