Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder
→ a hidden Catholic church tucked away in the attic of a 17th century merchant house.
(Our Lord in the Attic)
Museum Our Lord in the Attic is Amsterdam's second oldest museum. And possibly the most surprising one: a 17th-century canal house with a church in the attic.
A secret churchDuring the Reformation, in 1661, a merchant Jan Hartman bought three adjacent buildings. He and his family lived on the ground floor on the canal-side house. The loft he converted into a church: a secret church.
Catholic masses were officially forbidden in the 17th century (from 1578), but the protestant governors of Amsterdam turned a blind eye, provided the churches were not recognisable on the outside.
An important feature of the church is the organ, opposite the altar. It was built by Hendrik Meyer in 1794 especially for the church and is still regularly played.
Delve through the narrow passageways, stairways and tiny nooks to uncover splendid works of art, ornate furniture and an atmosphere that will whisk you back in time.
How to get there?By tram: 4, 9, 16, 24 or 25: stop Dam Square
By metro: stop Nieuwmarkt
By car: nearest car park De Bijenkorf
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Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op SolderOudezijds Voorburgwal 38, Amsterdam
(Old Centre, De Wallen)
€5 (5-18 years)
free (0-4 years)
Nearby sightsDe Waag mediaeval city gate where Rembrandt painted his 'Anatomical Lesson of Dr. Tulp'
Oude Kerk oldest church in the city from around 1300