De Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)The second oldest church in Amsterdam. The bishop of Utrecht gave permission to build the church in 1408 because the Oude Kerk (Old Church) had grown too small for the growing population of the city.
Official ceremoniesEach year the national Remembrance Day service on 4 May takes place in this 15th century church. It is also the place where royal coronations take place. In 1980, Queen Beatrix was officially inaugurated in the Nieuwe Kerk, and most recently, on 2 February 2002 (02-02-02), it was used for the wedding of crown prince Willem-Alexander to princess Máxima.
The Nieuwe Kerk is also a burial site for famous Dutch naval heroes, including Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, Commodore Jan van Galen and Jan van Speyk. The poet and playwright Joost van den Vondel is also buried in the church.
The Nieuwe Kerk is located on Dam Square, next to the Royal Palace
ExhibitionsNowadays the Nieuwe Kerk is one of the most attended exhibition centres in Holland, with close to 500,000 visitors per year, and hosting a large-scale of exhibitions on treasures from many other countries, cultures and religions.
How to get there?By tram: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 16, 24 or 25 stop Dam
By car: nearest car park de Bijenkorf
The wedding of crown prince Willem-Alexander to princess Máxima in the Nieuwe Kerk on 2 February 2002
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Nieuwe KerkDam, Amsterdam
Amsterdam (Dam, Old Centre)
free (0-11 years)
*including admission fee for exhibition
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